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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'.
There are appears to be two separate rebellions, that of Korach and that of Datan and Aviram, which co-occurred. That congregation of Korach took the censers to challenge Aharon's status as kohen. The congregation of Datan and Aviram rebelled differently. And each congregation died differently. Further, it is feasible to separate out these two threads of ...
The essence of their complaint is that they are bnei Levi, but don't have the privileges and duties of the kohanim. Moshe is chastising them based on their complaint.
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 ...
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 ...
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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