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Korach, "the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kehat, the son of Levi," incites a rebellion against Moses. He is joined by Dathan and Aviram, and On the son of Peleth, all of the tribe of Reuben. Also participating are 250 "leaders of the community, those regularly summoned to assembly, men of renown."

And they massed upon Moses and Aaron and said to them: "Enough! The entire community is holy, and G-d is amongst them; why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G-d?"

And when Moses heard it, he fell on his face.

When it becomes clear that Korach and the 250 "men of renown" are aspiring for the Kehunah (priesthood) themselves, Moses challenges them to offer ketoret to G-d--the most sacred of the Divine services in the Sanctuary, permitted only to a priest, and only under special circumstances. Aaron, whose appointment as Kohen Gadol (High Priest) they are contesting, will also offer the ketoret. "Come morning, and G-d will show who is His, and who is holy... and whom He has chosen will He bring near to Him."

Korach and the 250 men accept the challenge. "And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense on them, and stood in the door of the Tent of Meeting with Moses and Aaron." The people are sympathetic to Korach's rebellion, and gather en masse at the entrance to the Sanctuary.

Fire and Earth

G-d's anger is aroused, and he says to Moses and Aaron: "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, and I shall consume them in a moment!"

And they fell upon their faces and said: "O G-d, G-d of the spirits of all flesh! Shall one man sin, and Your wrath be upon the entire community?"

Dathan and Aviram had already refused Moses' summons; now Moses goes to them, in an effort to quell the mutiny. But they remain defiant.

The moment of truth arrives.

And Moses said: "Hereby you shall know that G-d has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of my own mind.

"If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then G-d has not sent me.

"But if G-d creates a new creation, and the earth opens her mouth, and swallows them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into abyss; then you shall understand that these men have provoked G-d."

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split beneath them.

And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korach, and all their goods....

And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them; for they said: Lest the earth swallow us up also.

As for the contenders for the priesthood, "there came out a fire from G-d, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered the ketoret."

More Ketoret

G-d instructs that the pans in which the 250 men offered the ketoret should be retrieved, and hammered into plates to be used as the copper covering of the Altar. "For they offered them before G-d, and they have become holy." Also, this will serve as "a memorial to the children of Israel, that no stranger, who is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before G-d; that he be not like Korach and his company."

The next day, the people again massed upon Moses and Aaron. "You have caused the deaths of the people of G-d!" they accuse them.

G-d's anger is again aroused, and a plague breaks out among the people. "Take a censer," cries Moses to Aaron, "and put fire in it from off the altar, and put on ketoret, and take it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them; for wrath is gone out from G-d..."

And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague had begun among the people...

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

The Blossoming Staff

G-d instructs Moses to conduct yet another "test" to prove Aaron's chosenness as the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). Each one of the twelve tribal heads should place their staff in the Sanctuary; Aaron, as the head of the tribe of Levi, will place his staff as well. Each should write his name on his staff. "And it shall come to pass that the man's staff, whom I shall choose, shall blossom; and I will put to rest the murmuring of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you."

And Moses placed the rods before G-d in the Tent of the Testimony.

And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony; and, behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had blossomed; it brought forth blossoms, produced budding fruit, and bore ripe almonds.

And Moses brought out all the rods from before G-d to all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his staff.

G-d instructs that Aaron's staff should be returned to the Sanctuary and placed there as a memorial and testimony for generations to come.

The Priesthood

And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying: "Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

"Everyone that comes at all near the tabernacle of G-d dies; shall ever stop dying?"

G-d reiterates that it is the Kohanim, assisted by the Levites, who bear the responsibility of serving in proximity to the Divine, where the slightest digression has most drastic consequences. All "strangers" (i.e., laymen) are warned to keep their distance.

The Levites and the Kohanim will receive no portion in the Land when it is divided among the tribes and families of Israel. The people, in whose stead the Kohanim and Levites serve in the Sanctuary, are to support them with the ordained mattanot kehunah, "gifts to the priesthood." A number of these 24 "gifts" are enumerated in the closing chapter of Korach:

Meal offerings, sin-offerings and guilt-offerings brought by the Israelites to the Sanctuary are eaten by the Kohanim, as are portions of the peace-offering (as detailed in the Parshiot of Vayikra and Tzav).

A terumah ("uplifting") from every crop of grain, wine and olive oil is given to the Kohen, as are bikkurim, the first-ripening fruits of the orchard.

The firstborn belong to the Kohen: firstborn sons are "redeemed" by paying the Kohen five silver shekels, and firstborn sheep and cattle are offered in the Sanctuary and their meat eaten by the Kohen.

The Levites receive a tithe--ten percent--of the Israelite farmer's crop; a tithe of the tithe is given by the Levite to the Kohen.

Out of all that is given to you, you shall set aside all that is due as a gift to G-d; of the choicest thereof, the hallowed part of it.

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"Send you, men" says G-d to Moses in the opening verses of this week's Parshah, "that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel."

Moses sends twelve men--one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel--"every one a prince among them"

Moses' faithful disciple, Hosea the son of Nun, is the spy for the tribe of Ephraim. Before he goes, Moses adds the letter yud to his name, renaming him "Joshua" ("G-d shall save").

And he said to them: "Go up this way by the Negev ('south'), and go up into the high land.

"And see the land, what it is; and the people who dwell in it, whether they are strong or weak, few or many. And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they dwell in, whether in the open, or in strongholds. And what the land is, whether fat or lean, whether there are trees in it, or not.

"And be of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land."

Now the time was the time of the first ripening of grapes.

An Evil Report

So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rechov on the way to Hamat.

They went up into the Negev; and he came to Hebron. And there were the giants Achiman, Sheshai and Talmai...

And they came to the wadi of Eshkol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried on a pole, by twos; and they brought of the pomegranates, and the figs...

And they returned from searching the land after forty days.

They show the people the magnificent fruits they brought, and say:

"We came to the land where you did send us, and indeed it flows with milk and honey; and this is its fruit.

"But the people that dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified, and very great; and moreover we saw the giants there.

"Amalek dwells in the land of the Negev, the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Emorites dwell in the mountain; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the side of the Jordan."

Caleb, the spy from the tribe of Judah, interrupts his colleagues and silences the murmuring people to cry out: "We shall go up and possess it! For we are well able to achieve it."

But the men who went up with him said: "We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we."

And they spread an evil report of the land which they had spied out to the children of Israel, saying: "The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that consumes up its inhabitants...

"And there we saw the Nefilim, the giants, descendents of the fallen ones. And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."

The People Weep

And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them: "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would we had died in this desert! And why has G-d brought us to this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return to Egypt?"

And they said to one another: "Let us appoint a chief, and let us return to Egypt."

Only Caleb and Joshua call on the people to trust in G-d's ability to bring them into the land.

"How long will this people provoke Me?" says G-d to Moses. "How long will they not believe in Me, for all the signs which I have performed among them?

"I will smite them with the pestilence and annihilate them; and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they."

Forty Years

Once again, Moses intercedes on behalf of his people: "If you shall kill all this people as one man," he argues before G-d, "then the nations which have heard the fame of You will speak, saying: Because G-d was not able to bring this people into the land which he swore to them, therefore He has slain them in the wilderness."

Then he evokes the Divine attributes of mercy:

And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, according as You have spoken, saying: G-d is long-suffering, and great in love, forgiving iniquity and transgression...

Pardon, I pray, the sin of this people according to the greatness of Your love, and as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.

And once again, Moses prevails.

And G-d said: I have forgiven according to your word.

I shall not destroy them, says G-d. However, this generation will not see the Promised Land.

Say to them: As I live, says G-d, as you have spoken in My ears, so will I do to you.

Your carcasses shall fall in this desert; and all that were numbered of you... from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me, shall not come into the land of which I swore to make you dwell there. Except Caleb the son of Yefuneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Your little ones, who, you said, should be a prey--them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this desert.

And your children shall wander in the desert forty years.... According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land--forty days--for each day a year, for each day a year, shall you bear your iniquities: forty years...

G-d instructs Moses to turn back, away from the Land of Canaan, and go back into the desert. The ten evil-reporting Spies die in a plague.

When Moses conveys G-d's words to the people, they are filled with remorse. Now they are prepared to enter the Promised Land despite all, even in defiance of the Divine decree.

"It shall not succeed," says Moses to them. "Go not up, for G-d is not among you; so that you may not be smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword... G-d will not be with you."

But they presumed to go up to the hill top; but the ark of the covenant of G-d, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.

Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites who dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and routed them as far as Chormah.

More Mitzvot

In the aftermath of the incident of the Spies, G-d instructs Moses on a series of mitzvot to be observed "When you come into the land into which I bring you."

The menachot are meal, wine and oil offerings that are to accompany all animal offerings brought to G-d in the Holy Temple. (A 1/10 of an eifah of meal, 1/4 of a hin of oil and a 1/4 hin of wine for a lamb; 2 tenths of an eifah of meal and a third of a hin of both oil and wine for a ram; and 3/10 of an eifah of meal and 1/2 of a hin of the oil and of the wine for cattle.)

A portion of the dough, called challah, is to be separated and consecrated to G-d when making bread.

Some of the laws of the various sin offerings (recounted in the book of Leviticus) are repeated as well.

The Stick Gatherer

The children of Israel were in the desert. And they found a man gathering sticks upon the Sabbath day.

And they that found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. And they put him in custody, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

And G-d said to Moses: "The man shall be surely put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp." And all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as G-d commanded Moses.


"Speak to the children of Israel," says G-d to Moses, "and tell to them that they make themselves fringes (tzitzit) in the corners of their garments throughout their generations."

And they shall put upon the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.

And it shall be to you as fringes; and you shall see it, and remember all the commandments of G-d, and do them; and that you seek not after your heart and your eyes, after which you go astray. That you may remember, and do all My commandments, and be holy to your G-d.

I am G-d your G-d, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your G-d: I am G-d your G-d

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(a) (1393-1273 BCE) Greatest prophet to ever live. Son of Amram and Jochebed, younger brother of Miriam and Aaron. Born in Egypt and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Fled to Midian, where he married Zipporah. Deployed by G-d to Egypt to liberate the Israelites. Visited ten plagues upon Egypt, led the Israelites out, and transmitted to them the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Led the Israelites for forty years while they traveled in the desert, all the while performing astonishing miracles and wonders. Died in the Plains of Moab, and succeeded by his disciple Joshua. (b) A common Jewish name.

In Parsha Naso if you look at the Chumash it says in it ,that one tribe brought this and this Korban and another tribe brought this and this Korban.But the Question is why is the same thing brought from All the different tribes. But the thing is that they brought a different Korban not physically but sperchally b/c the tribes were thinking different things when they brought the Korban.

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