This is the Torah portion where Korach leads a large group of Israelites in challenging the authority of Moses and Aaron to lead them. "Are not all God's people holy?", they ask.
My students and I have wrestled with this parshah over the years. It raises so many questions. Here are several of my previous posts about Korach's rebellion:
- David Matthews (the son of a friend, who became bar mitzvah at Temple B'nai Brith in Somerville) painted Aaron as the model of nonviolence, an ancestor of Gandhi and Occupy.
- That made me wonder: didn't Korach have a point?
- When is questioning authority legitimate and when not?
- How should authority respond?
- How do we build institutions that force us to do the right thing: to respond to dissenters and not silence them?