In the portion of Korach, we read about the rebellion of Korach and his cohorts, Dathan and Abiram. At one point, G‑d commanded Moses: “Speak to the congregation saying, ‘withdraw from the dwellings of Korach, Dathan and Abiram.’ ” Then it says: “And Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and all the elders of Israel followed him.” The verse then tells us that Moses “spoke to the congregation ... ”

The Torah doesn’t say anything extra. Why then does it say that Moses arose, and that all the elders followed him? It could have just said that Moses went to Dathan and Abiram. What moved the elders to follow him?

Rashi explains: “And Moses arose” because he thought that Dathan and Abiram would show him respect, but they didn’t.

This was already after G‑d gave the command to separate from Korach, Dathan and Abiram. At this point their fate was, so to speak, sealed. It was beyond the point of reconciliation and repentance. For that matter, going to talk to them would be going against G‑d’s command to separate from them. And even more, Moses was on a mission from G‑d to warn the people to separate themselves from Korach, Dathan and Abiram, and it would be highly inappropriate for him to do anything before completing his mission.

Even though Dathan and Abiram’s fates were sealed—and even though they acted brazenly against Moses and were instigators of the rebellion—Moses, out of his great love for every Jew, sought to find a way to save them.

He couldn’t go talk to them, nor do anything that would interfere with his mission. This is why Moses arose—meaning he used his position and stature as king and leader of the Jewish people in the hope that it would affect Dathan and Abiram to at least show respect, saving them from being swallowed by the earth.

This is also why the elders followed him. Moses was acting in the capacity of the king, and where the king goes, so do the elders. This added to the prestige of the event, but unfortunately, it still didn’t have the desired effect on the conspirators.

If Moses found love in his heart to try and find ways to save these evil people, how much more must we find ways to include fellow Jews who are less knowledgeable in Torah, especially when it is no fault of their own.

We have many brothers and sisters who were not granted a proper Jewish education, for whatever reason. We must take a page out of Moses’ playbook and find ways to include these Jews into the life of Torah, which is an everlasting life.

More than anything else, it is our love of every Jew that is the key to bringing Moshiach, which all Jews will experience together. May he come soon!