THE DANGER OF KEEPING QUIET
Although Korach died still holding on to his erroneous ideologies, his children repentedright before their death sentence was Divinely administered. They were not held responsible for their father's actions, and their
tell us that until this day, theyhave a special corner in
where they sing, “
Moshe Emes VeToraso Emes
that Korach's children did right before they died should have been sufficient for them to merit
. If they sincerely repented, why did they have to goto
? What is the deeper meaning of their singing
in the midst of
?In truth, Korach's children recognized the false nature of their father's arguments muchearlier. They should have protested their father's actions before he was swallowed up into theearth. Because they remained quiet and did not take action against their father’s insidious deeds,they could not be included in the reward of the rest of the Jewish people in
.Right before they were swallowed into the earth, Korach's children were able to act ontheir recognition of their father's ways. Since they did
right before they died, they werenot included in the harsh punishment of Korach and the rest of their followers. Instead, theyreceived a middle ground, existing in
but singing the praises of the Torah.
How far-reaching was Korach's evil nature? The
reveals that Korach'sideology was similar to that of Amaleik. The initial comparison seems difficult to comprehend,as the Torah considers Amaleik evil incarnate.Amaleik's evil was not limited to their transgressions, but was inherent in their verynature. They all saw the miracles that Hashem performed, and yet they still planned a rebellionagainst the Almighty. Their readiness to battle G-d after seeing His strength displayed their extreme
sheer brazenness, in the face of witnessing truth.Korach took part and witnessed all of the miracles that Hashem did for the Jewish peoplewhen leaving Mitzrayim. This did not deter him from going ahead with his rebellion againstMoshe Rabbeinu, who was personally appointed by the Almighty to lead the Jewish people.Korach's actions also showed great
, and therefore his actions can legitimately becompared to those of Amaleik.
After the incident of Korach, we find that, once again, the leadership of the Jewish peoplewas challenged when part of
complained and instigated the argument of whether Aharon was really worthy to direct the Jewish people. Aharon was a complete
who wentquietly in the ways of Hashem and did not have the flamboyance of Korach.