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Rashi says it was the outer, Copper Mizbeach that was covered. This makes sense to me, since it was supposed to be a sign to Bnei Yisroel, and only the Kohanim really see the Gold Mizbeach. However, this certainly raises the question 'how is coating the Copper Mizbeach with more copper is a sign?' It seems like this was a permanent covering, but I can't ...


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Welcome to J.SE, good questions. Suppose I start with 100 lbs. of flour. First I give a small amount, known as Terumah, to the Kohen. That leaves 98 lbs. of flour. I tithe the remaining flour (9.8 lbs); that's called Maaser Rishon, and it's given to the Levites. (Rambam laws of Maaser 1:1). The Levite then tithes what he gets, i.e. 0.98 lbs of flour, and ...


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Tiferes Tzion says that even though Korach lacked the refinement of character to receive prophecy, Ruach Hakodesh still rested upon him because he lived in a holy environment that was conductive to Ruach Hakodesh.


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In high school, I had a rebbe (Rabbi Horowitz) who said that he was a Korach Levi, part of a group that traced their lineage to Korach. And that they referred to the (somewhat misunderstood) Korach as 'the Heilige zeideh Korach'.


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The Medrash itself answers your first point in its continuation: אמר: אפשר הגדולה הזו עתידה לעמוד ממני, ואני אדום!? ולא ראה יפה, לפי שבניו עשו תשובה ועומדין מהן, ומשה היה רואה. לכך נשתתף לבא לאותה חזקה, ששמע מפי משה שכולם אובדין ואחד פליט: 'והיה האיש אשר יבחר ה' הוא הקדוש' He heard there would only be one survivor, and he did not realize that his sons ...


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The simple meaning of the Medrash is that he thought he would survive the attempt because such greatness is going to come from him (Shmuel and his own children), and therefore it must be that he would be protected. Perhaps another way to understand the Medrash is that he thought he had the same qualities as those descendants. He thought that he was equal to ...


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Targum Pseudo-Yonasan on "כי יצא הקצף מלפני ה׳" renders: ארום נפק מחבלא דאתכלו בחורב דשמיה קצף מן קדם ה׳ בהורמנא That is (apparently): for a destroyer which was withheld at Horeb, whose name is קצף, has come out from before God with a command(? permission?) The anonymous "Perush Yonasan" in my Chumash explains: When Moses was on Horeb to ...


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Perhaps Korach experienced his ruach hakodesh at the giving of the Torah during which even the lowest handmaid experienced a prophecy greater than that of Ezekiel? (Rashi on Shemot 15:2)


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I would propose - but have no source for it - that Korach's bad traits of jealousy and arrogance were a result of his prophesy. In other words, Korach was a simple Jew happy to go along with Moshe's guidance until he saw - with Ruach HaKodesh - that his descendants would be great people. At that point he became arrogant - he was the progenitor of a great ...


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Why does this Midrash have to be Korach's motivation for the whole rebellion? Its actually Hashgacha Pratis that you ask this as I just asked this to a friend two days ago. This is sort of lengthy and I may be going out on a limb here but here it goes.... We need to look at Rashi in order to understand this more clearly. Following Points Is the Medrash ...


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Hayom Yom, 26 Sivan: "They went down to the pit alive" - even in the grave they think they are alive. There is a blessing contained in "They went down to the pit alive," as with "the sons of Korach did not die," - "a place was established for them and they repented." For teshuva, repentance, is effective only while one is still alive. This, then, is ...


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The pesukim in question (Bemidbar 16:30, 33) are most explicitly about Datan and Aviram, not necessarily about Korach. He might have been burned by the fire, or even both. But the question you asked could be asked just as well about Datan and Aviram. Sheol is the grave. And perhaps also the underworld in Biblical Hebrew at this stage. But the simple ...


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I read in the name of the kabalists (could be arizal) that Korach was a gilgul of Kain and Moshe was a gilgul of Hevel. Since, the "earth swallowed the blood of Hevel" as written: "And now, you are cursed even more than the ground, which opened its mouth to take your brother's blood from your hand" (Bereishis 4:11) Therefore justice demanded that Korach be ...


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Conjecture: The Sifra and Onkelus and Rashi and pseudo-Yonasan and the Bavli and Midrash Raba all cite a view that "מפני שיבה תקום" itself refers to talmide chachamim. Now, we do not accept this view l'halacha, but perhaps the Yalkut or at least the children of Korach did. In that case, the Taz cited in the question would come into play and make the ...



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