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For the week ending 23 June 2012 / 2 Tammuz 5772

The Danger of Dissent

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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"That there shall not be anyone like Korach and his assembly…" (Bamidbar 17:5)

The literal meaning of this phrase is that the terrible fate suffered by those who rebelled against the authority of Moshe would deter others from following this suicidal route. The copper plates used by some of Korach's followers to offer incense were placed on the altar as a cover to serve as an ongoing reminder of what lay in store for those who attempted to usurp the unique right of Aharon and his descendants to do this sacred service.

Commentaries have already pointed out that the general tone of the above phrase indicates that it is a commandment to all generations to desist from any form of dispute, especially when it takes the form of rebellion against Torah authority. Certain political parties in Israel whose maneuverings threaten the unity of the Jewish people should take heed of this warning and reflect on the fate of its violators.

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