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Moses: (a) (1393-1273 BCE) Greatest prophet to ever live. Son of Amram and Jochebed, younger brother of Miriam and Aaron. Born in Egypt and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Fled to Midian, where he married Zipporah. Deployed by G-d to Egypt to liberate the Israelites. Visited ten plagues upon Egypt, led the Israelites out, and transmitted to them the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Led the Israelites for forty years while they traveled in the desert, all the while performing astonishing miracles and wonders. Died in the Plains of Moab, and succeeded by his disciple Joshua. (b) A common Jewish name.
Moses reacted forcefully when Korach suggested that he was not worthy of leading the Jews. Is this an appropriate response for a most humble individual?
The common denominator of a true Jewish leaders is in seeing the value of both the community and the individual.
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 Mose...
If everything is about action, who needs a Moses?
Korach had a strong point to make: If we are all G-d’s people, what makes some more G-dly than others?
To lead is to serve. Those who serve do not lift themselves high. They lift other people high.
When you accuse me of a crime of which I was indeed once guilty, I feel bad. Accuse me of something I haven't done, however, and I'll probably just laugh and stroll away, unbothered by your obvious misidentification...
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