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Etz Yosef on the midrash brought by Rashi: שראוי לעונשים שכן היה השיעור קודם מתן תורה (רש"י בחומש ועי' בנזה"ק) ואע"ג דבמבול מתו גם הקטנים. בעון אביהם מתו: Translation: "That is deserving of punishment, for such was the measure before the giving of the Torah. And even though in the Flood young ones also died, they died from the sin of ...


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I always understood that "he died by his own sin" is opposed to "died because he question Moshe and Aharon (Korach and his group)"


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It says "he died by his own sin." The various groups were killed in the desert by plague or fire as punishment for their collective failure -- and to teach the rest of the people a lesson -- whereas the ma'apilim died on the battlefield. So it was his personal choice to gun a-blazing (okay, "swords a-blazing") into heavily-fortified enemy ...


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