Parshat Korach-Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

TORAH Artscroll 820 Hertz 628 Maftir Artscroll 890 Hertz 694 HAFTORAH Artscroll 1208 Hertz 944 Not Everything Is Black Or White Whenever there are 10 male Jews together for a prayer quorum, they are able to publicly sanctify the Name of G-d by reciting Kaddish, Kedusha, etc. This well-known fact is derived from the pasuk "V'Nikdashti b'Soch Bnei Yisrael" [Vayikra 22:32]. The Talmud in Berachos 21b teaches that this requires a minimum of 10 Jews. The Talmud derives this from a Gezeirah Shavah (word comparison) between the word "toch" (in the midst) in this pasuk and the word "toch" in the pasuk in Parshas Korach "separate yourself from the midst (m'toch) of this wicked congregation" [Bamid bar 16:21]. To complete the teaching however, one needs to go a step further and link the pasuk in Korach which says "from this midst of this wicked congregation (Eidah)" and a pasuk in Parshas Shlach which speaks of the 10 spies who

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returned the slanderous report about the Land of Israel and calls them "this wicked congregation" (ha'Eidah ha'Ra-ah hazos) [Bamidbar 14:35]. In other words, Eidah means 10 and that derivation can be transferred to the pasuk in Korach, which does not specify a number of people. It is certainly ironic that the entire concept of Sanctifying G-d's Name in the presence of a minyan quorum is derived from a combination of the wicked congregation of Korach and the spies in the wilderness, both of whom were guilty of grievous sins. Here is a similar peculiarity: Moshe is challenged by Korach: Why have you set up this caste system such that only the Kohanim are entitled to the Divine Service? In response to Moshe's challenge, Korach brought 250 people who all offered Ketores [incense] – a job normally reserved for the Kohanim – and the people were all burnt on the spot as a Divine sign that their challenge had no basis and that Aharon was the legitimate Kohen. What was the aftermath of this incident? G-d told Moshe to melt down the fire pans that were in the hands of these 250 henchmen of Korach who attempted to offer the incense and to make a covering for the Mizbayach as a memorial for the Jewish people. If we were there and someone would have asked "What should we do with these pans?" what would we have said? Most likely we would have shouted "Treife!" These are the pans of sinful people who received Divine punishment. We would have thought that the very implement used to commit their sin would be strictly forbidden for use. It should be buried or destroyed. Certainly it should not be elevated to a holy purpose and become part of the sacred Mizbayach. What is going on here? My good friend Rabbi Yakov Luban had a simple insight which addresses both of these difficulties: We as human beings view things as either black or white, pure or impure, kosher or treife. They are either one or the other.


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The Master of the Universe however, in His Infinite Wisdom, sometimes sees positive motivations even in evil deeds. Korach challenged Moshe's leadership. As Rashi explains, there was an element of jealousy and an attempt to grab power from Moshe. But there was also an element in Korach's campaign to gain a bigger role in the Divine Service. Korach and his followers felt themselves to be Holy and they wanted to live up to their full potential of being Holy by participating in the Divine Service. The Talmud even obliquely criticizes Moshe's put down of Korach and his followers when he told them "Rav Lachem" , “too much for you”[Bamidbar 16:7]. The exact same words were thrown back at Moshe, so to speak, when he asked to enter the Land of Canaan, despite Hashem's decree that he would die before entering the Land. "Rav Lach" [Devorim 3:26] is what he is told. This implies that Korach did have within his scheme a desire and a striving to achieve holiness, which should not have been totally rejected. Hashem recognized those aspirations and such aspiration are indeed "holy" and can be used as the basis for deriving the necessary prayer quorum to recite matters of holiness. Likewise, when 250 people risked their lives to become closer to Hashem and to participate in His Service, there was something good in that motivation as well. There was inherent Kedusha in those pans that they used in their attempts to become participants in the Divine Service. That Kedusha – in the Eyes of the Almighty – could be harnessed for an appropriate covering for the Mizbayach. In the case of the Meraglim as well, as the commentaries explain at length, there were multiple motivations that caused their report to come out the way it did. There were also positive intentions in what they said. According to some, they felt the people would not be able to live up to the high standards of Eretz Yisrael; according to others they wanted to maintain the idyllic spiritual existence that they had in the Wilderness. Whatever the reason, it was certainly not just a lack of faith in the Almighty. They were wrong, but they were not entirely evil. The

lesson is that the Almighty sees Kedusha even in the apparent evil of the congregation of Korach and counsel of the spies. Even from these less than totally blameless individuals, there is room to find a derivation for the idea of sanctity within the Jewish people. The lesson is that people are very complex. They do things for a variety of reasons and there can be light and darkness intermingled in their actions and motivations. The Satmar Rebbe once said that he recalled hearing his great-grandfather (the Yismach Moshe) tell his grandfather (the Yitav Lev) that the Yismach Moshe lived in this world three times. In other words, via the institution of Gilgul Neshamos [transmigration of souls], he came to this world on three different occasions. The first time he was in this world, he claimed, was in the period of the Wilderness at the time of the incident of the Congregation of Korach. Upon hearing this, the Yitav Lev asked his father to tell him about the events of that time. The Yismach Moshe told his son that all the Heads of the Sanhedrin sided with Korach and the masses of the people sided with Moshe. The Yitav Lev then pressed his father and asked him "Who did you side with?" He responded "I was neutral". Whereupon the Yitav Lev asked him, "How could you not pick sides? – It was Korach against Moshe Rabbeinu and you stood on the sidelines? How could that be?" The Yitav Lev told his son, I can see that you have no inkling of what a great person Korach was. If you would have been there and you would have seen who Korach was (as Rashi says, Korach was very clever and was one who carried the Aron), you would not be so shocked by my neutrality. Korach wanted Kedusha. There was an element of good within his argument. It was hard to choose sides. This is the lesson we learn from the fact that the fire pans were utilized as a covering for the Mizbayach. Human beings are very complex. Things are not always just black and white. More often, they are shades of gray.

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SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday night, June 4th at 8 PM - we'll have a Krav Maga class for women only. This method teaches simple self protection techniques specifically catered to reality based attack situations incorporating instinctive movements and real-world situational training. This Fearless Fitness for women is an innovative solution to all your self defense needs. There will be a (small) fee of $10 per person. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. If you have any questions, please email Judy Lillien at See page three for more details. GNS TALMUD TORAH PARLOR MEETING The Talmud Torah of Great Neck Synagogue invites you to a parlor meeting to discuss the upcoming year Thursday night, June 6th at 8 pm at the home of Jessica and David Smooha at 45 Dickenson Place. Please contact Vivian Kron, Jessica Smooha or Rabbi Lichter for any questions. YOUTH LUNCHEON This Shabbat, June 8, will be the End Of Year Youth Bash and Grand Raffle. All GNS youth first grade and up are invited to attend. MEN’S CLUB UPCOMING EVENTS June 12 & 13 Wed. and Thur. DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE: Reduce your auto insurance premiums and points on your license by taking the Defensive Driving Course, which will be held over two evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Limited Seating. $17.00 for AARP members and $19.00 for non-members. Please make checks payable to AARP. Please call Al Leiderman 516-482-0628 for reservations. TUES. JUNE 18, 8Pm The third in our Medical Forum series features two Gastroenterologists, Dr. Robert Herman and Dr. Alex Novogrudsky. They will educate and inform you on subjects from prevention of Heartburn and Acid Reflux down to why and how often should you have a colonoscopy. SUN. JUNE 30: Annual Fishing trip. $48.00 per person, $36.00 for children 6-12. (first 6 children free) for more information contact Steve Blumner, Mark Freidman or Hilly Milun. See bottom of page three. UPCOMING EVENTS SAVE THE DATE June 15: Annual Graduation and Congregation Kiddush. $100 per family. Please call the office or email form on page three. CHESED CHAIRS NEEDED Volunteer co-ordinators are needed for June and July Chesed Collections June is sports equipment for Camp Kaylie July is for school supplies. call Sharon Goldwyn at 917-287-7334 or SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM Our summer learning program will be taking place this summer Beginning July 2. Dates for the remaining classes are July 9, 23 and 30th and August 6 and 13. Sponsors are welcome. To sponsor or dedicate a day of learning please contact Rabbi Lichter at or ROSH HASHANAH SCOPE MAGAZINE Please submit all articles, advertisements, photos, and recipes for the Rosh Hashanah SCOPE magazine edition by Monday, July 1st to Diane Rein at Thank you. HIGH HOLIDAYS With the High Holidays taking place right after Labor Day, we are asking that all members take care of their outstanding financial obligations in a timely manner to insure that seats for the holidays will be able to be sent out. Those in arrears will not be able to obtain their seats unless arrangements for payment have been made. If you have any questions please speak to Mark Twersky or Elie Cohen our Treasurer.

Mazal Tov to Gloria & Harvey Kaylie who were honored last week at a ceremony held in the United States Senate Building in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month. They were honored in a private session with NYS Sen. Gillibrand and other members of Congress and were presented with an award by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for their ongoing support and involvement with OHEL. Mazal Tov to Judy & Richard Lillien on the engagement of their daughter Melissa to Yoni Lautman son of Donald & Arielle Lautman of Passaic, New Jersey and Mazal Tov to Melissa Lillien on receiving her clinical License in Social Work. Mazal Tov to Lital & Josh Amini on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal Tov to Lisa & Michael Aryeh on the birth of a grandson, born to their children Aliza & Joseph Aryeh. Mazal Tov to Bradley Hercman who will receive his semicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School at the Jewish Center this Sunday. SAVE THE DATE: Monday, June 17th, Yeshiva Har Torah's 13th Annual Golf Classic- at NS Country Club, Glen Head, N.Y. with great golf, breakfast, BBQ on course lunch, full cocktail party and buffet dinner. For additional information and sponsorships/participation please contact Alan Steinberg SAVE THE DATE: Monday July 1, Fresh Meadows Country Club the NSHA will be holding its 10th ANNUAL GOLF, TENNIS, MAHJONGG & SPA CLASSIC for great golf (11:30 am shotgun), tennis (ladies at 9:30am followed by lunch & men's at 2:30pm), card games/mahjong lessons, brunch, BBQs and a sunset cocktail party with our million dollar Jet Blue Challenge followed by a buffet dinner, with prizes, raffles and auctions. This years honorees are Karen & Robert Spitalnick. For additional information re: sponsorships/participation please email Arnie Flatow at or call 487-8687 ext 133.

Netti Herman and family wish to thank Rabbi & Ellen Polakoff, Rabbi & Katie Lichter, and the community for their warmth and support following the passing of her mother Jennifer Minsker z”l.
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