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Levi and Corrupt Religious Leadership Morim Sheet

Levi and Corrupt Religious Leadership Morim Sheet

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Shiur on Shevet Levi and the steps the Torah takes to limit the possibility of religious corruption.
Shiur on Shevet Levi and the steps the Torah takes to limit the possibility of religious corruption.

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Published by: Aqibha Y. Weisinger Etc on Aug 26, 2013
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Background
: The Second half of Sefer Yehoshua mostly deals with Chalukat Ha’aretz, thedivision of the land among the 12 shevtaim. However, we’re going to deal mostly with the
unusual portion of Shevet Levi, and the lessons it teaches us about the nature of religiousleadership.
Objective
:
Shevet Levi, as the religious leaders of B’nei Yisrael are limited in their land and economic
opportunities, so that they are not corrupted by greed, which is a danger of religious leadership.
Trigger 
:Play a game with kids which includes the prospect of winning candy. Deliberately and obviously
rig the game in your favor. The sentence “I’m the shiur teacher, I can do what I want!” should at
some point cross your lips. Eat a candy in a taunting fashion (Save
some
candy for the kidsthough). Feel free to claim that God told you to do it or that you deserve the candy more than
them because you’re gonna use it for Torah. Feel free to go nuts with this.
  At some point, when your kids are at the point of rebellion, or you are completely disgusted atyourself, let the kids have their candy and explain that you were pretending.
Discuss
:What authority did you use to take their candy? Why was it so hard to protest your actions?What rules could be added to the game to make it more fair?
Sources
:I. Job of Levi:
1)
Devarim 33:8-10
(Focus on 10, 8 is there to show that it’s talking about Levi)
 
: ) )(:: )(
8) Concerning Levi he said: Your perfect lights belong to Your pious ones, those whom Youtested at Massah and with whom You contended at Mei Meriva. 9) He (the tribe of Levi) said of his father and mother "I do not see them," of his brothers "I recognize them not" and of hischildren "I do not know them," for they instead observed Your words and safeguarded Your covenant. 10) THEY SHALL TEACH YOUR LAW TO YA'ACOV AND YOUR TORAH TOISRAEL; THEY WILL PLACE INCENSE BEFORE YOU AND WHOLLY BURNT OFFERINGSUPON YOUR ALTAR.
2)
Malachi 2:4-7
: ) : )( )( :  )(
4) Know then that I have sent this commandment unto you, that My covenant might be withLevi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5)My covenant was with him of life and peace, and I gave themto him, and of fear, and he feared Me, and was afraid of My name. 6) The law of truth was in hismouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace anduprightness, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7) For the priest's lips should keep
 
knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.1) According to these sources, what is the job of a Shevet Levi?2) How does it compare to your role as Tzevet Beit Midrash/Shiur Teacher in Camp Stone?II: Potential Corruption
3)
 
“God has given us the papacy. Now let us enjoy it.”
 -Pope Leo X (1475-1521)
4)
 
“Without a legal summons many a rakeHe'd summon, and, when threatened with Jesus’s curse,
 
Each would be more than glad to fill his purse”
 -Geoffery Chaucer,
Canterbury Tales,
“The Friar’s Tale”
 How can religious leadership become corrupt?III Steps to Prevent Corruption
5)
Map of Levite CitiesIf your cities are scattered across Eretz Yisrael, what does it become hard to do?

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