Weekly Torah Portion

 

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Korach

Numbers
16:1−18:32

Now Korach, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth–decendants of Reuben–to rise up against Moses, … – Numbers 16:1-2

Korach and his followers, Dathan and Abiram, lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. G-d punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. Once again, G-d brings a plague on the people.  The chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds.  The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. All of the firstborn offerings shall go to the priests and all the tithes are designated for the Levites in return for the services they perform.

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