In the Torah portion of the week, we discuss the revolt of Korach against Moses. Korach was upset that he didn’t have a grander leadership role, and he also accused Moses of nepotism because Moses gave his brother and nephews priestly roles.

Korah sought out others who had grievances as well to join him in his battle, instead of looking for people who had solutions who wanted peace.

To me, the lessons are twofold. One, is to recognize how easy it is to fall into resentment, to find fault, to be disgruntled, and to revolt. Korach was a great man and he really believed he was wronged, which led to his blindness. The key is to have people in your life who help you with perspective. These people will call you out when you are heading down the wrong path, no matter how great you are, no matter your moral standards and level of integrity.

There is one further lesson which is so relevant today.

If you ask the average person to tell you what’s wrong with the world, they will gladly tell you. However, if you ask them what the solution is, they won’t have an answer for you.

It’s so easy to see what’s wrong, and it’s so much harder to find ways to resolve, to bring peace, and find ways to get along.

This week, let’s be concerned about our neighbors’ needs. Let’s seek the solutions, not the problems.

Accountability, Community, Unconditional Love



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