Torah thoughts by Rabbi Aron Rosenberg along with Kollel current events

Mazel Tov
To Rabbi and Mrs. Jeremy Caplan on the birth of a girl and Meir and Aliza Belch on the birth of a boy. Much nachas!
Condolences to Dr. Ross Abrams on the loss of his father, Dr. Joseph Abrams z”l

“For the entire congregation is holy and Hashem is among them; why do you raise yourself over the assembly of Hashem?” (16:3)

Korach raised a rebellion against Moshe, but the exact results that Korach wanted are unclear. Did he want to oust Moshe? Did he want to deny all of the Torah that Moshe taught? Did he want to annul the position of Kohein Gadol? Did he want to be Kohein Gadol?

Moshe’s first response was to prostrate in helplessness. Then he offered Korach a means to determine the chosen leader. Everyone should bring an incense offering. Since Korach agreed with this plan it would imply that Korach did not reject Moshe’s authority completely. Rashi brings the Medrash that Korach and his followers wore talleisim of techeles, a hint that they were all worthy of priesthood, and this was the point of their contention.

What did the 250 men hope to do by offering the incense? Did they think that only one would be the Kohein Gadol? But isn’t that the point of the rebellion, that there should be no one man in that position? Rather they must have thought that all their offerings would be accepted, because they were all holy. While there may be a need for a single leader like Moshe there is no need for a single spiritual leader to act as a religious go-between. Everyone should be able to offer the incense.

And this was Korach’s claim. How can there be a system which limits my access to sanctity and connection with Hashem? Only a small handful can offer the karbanos? Even if we need a “melech” we do not need a Kohein Gadol. Everyone should be able to attain the highest aspect of sanctity if they wish.

What Korach failed to realize is that becoming close to Hashem is not dependant on external circumstances but what one does with the potential Hashem has given him.

Shabbos Classes
8:00 am…. .Emes L’Yaakov on Parsha with Rabbi Rosenberg
11:00 am…Chovos Ha’levavos with Rabbi Worch
6:05 pm….Gemara (for Young Men of All Ages) with Rabbi Worch
7:05 pm…. Avos d’Rebbe Nosson with Rabbi Worch
7:05 pm…. Minchas Chinuch with Rabbi Rosenberg

Do you know anyone who could benefit from a “Back to Basics”
Shabbos service? Slow, abridged and explained. With Rabbi Rosenberg 9:15am in the upstairs Bais Medrash of RZC, 3740 Dempster.
For men and women

Avos U’vonim 2 hours before Mincha for 50 minutes.
All boys  (grade 3 – 8) and their fathers are welcome.

Women’s Shabbos afternoon classes.
This week June 14 at the home of Mrs. Soosan Kohananoo 3919 Greenwood St.
at 5pm. Guest Speaker Mrs. Roxanne Abrams

Rabbi Oren’s class Mondays at 8:30 pm
A Telling Tale: Understanding the stories of the Gemara
and applying them to our lives For Men and Women

A six part series on
Toras Eretz Yisrael
Come and join us as we travel on Tuesdays through Eretz Yisroel
in the eyes of Halachah and Machshavah
Tuesday 8:30 pm June 24th Presented by Rabbi Yaakov Homnick
Tasting the Earth:
The Jewish People’s Agricultural Legacy.

Tanach Studv Group
for Women
with Mrs. Liberman will meet June 16 at OT 10am