Sometimes a woman’s bold action can save her husband’s life, spiritually and physically. Such was the case with the wife of Ohn ben Peles.

Ohn ben Peles was one of the people who joined Korach’s rebellion against Moses in the wilderness, when Korach challenged Moses’ leadership and decision-making.

Upon learning of her husband's decision, Ohn’s wife said to him, “Why are you joining Korach’s rebellion? What will you gain from it? If Moshe is victorious, you will be a disciple, and if Korach is victorious, you will be a disciple!”

Ohn replied, “You’re right, but what should I do now? I already took part in the rebellion and pledged my allegiance.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll save you,” she pledged.

She gave him wine to drink until he became drunk, then she put him to bed inside their tent. She uncovered her hair, let it down, and calmly sat at the entrance of the tent. Now, this was a very bold and unconventional action, since no man should see a married woman’s hair. But extreme times call for extreme measures.

She gave him wine to drink until he became drunk

Each member of Korach’s group came to summon Ohn for the rebellion. But there was his wife at the entrance of her tent, blatantly revealing her hair! They quickly turned away, unwilling to see her forbidden hair.

Ultimately, G‑d caused Korach’s rebellious assembly to be swallowed up by the earth. But Ohn ben Peles was still peacefully sleeping off his intoxication. True to her word, his wife saved his life. (Tractate Sanhedrin 109b-110a)