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Sunday, June 6, 2021

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Jewish History

During the Chmielnitzki Massacres (see entry for 4 Sivan), a Cossack mob gathered around the fortified town of Olyka. Among the Jews who had found refuge inside was R. David Halevi (the Taz), a refugee from the nearby city of Ostroh. As the Cossacks prepared to breach the walls, the Jews gathered in prayer in the synagogue. Weak and tired, R. David drifted off to an uneasy sleep, and in his dream he envisioned the verse, “I will protect this city to save it, for My sake and for the sake of My servant David” (II Kings 19:34). Indeed, the old cannons atop the walls miraculously fired spontaneously toward the enemy, who proceeded to flee (Minhagei Beis Alik, p. 752).

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Daily Thought

All of the community, every one of them is holy. G‑d is within them. So why do you elevate yourselves above the assembly of G‑d? (Numbers 16:3)

Korach was right.

He had a real truth, and a real question. Just that he wasn’t interested in hearing the answer.

All the people stood at Mount Sinai and received the Torah—the highest form of prophecy.

With every individual G‑d made a covenant, promising, “You will be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation for Me.”

Yes, it is true that we are all holy. That’s where Korach was right.

But we need that holiness to shine. And to shine, we need to be plugged into a higher source of power.

That’s where Korah was wrong. Because to connect to something higher than yourself, you need someone who is already there.

That was the role of Moses and Aaron, and it is the job of every tzadik who bears their spirit in every generation:

To guide each holy soul to find its connection to the infinite light of the One Above, and to fan the flames of their fire.

Likutei Sichot, volume 4, Korach.