Thoughts & Ideas
This week’s Torah reading, Korach, is named for the man who leads a rebellion against Moses’ leadership. One of his complaints is: ”You, Moses, promised to take us into the Land of Israel, and instead we wander in this desert!” Rabbi Meir Gottesman points out that Moses was sad, realising that in the desert the people had little to do: G-d’s clouds of glory protected them and the manna fed them. Becoming bored, they looked for arguments and rebellions for excitement. Were they to enter the Land, they would get down to work – planting, harvesting, homemaking and making a living – they would not have time for the luxury of machlokes –arguments.
Today we have the same problem- too much leisure time, looking for new pleasures, growing bored, leading to machlokes and division. Our Rabbis taught, “Yafeh Torah im derech eretz”… “Torah and work go well together”. When we busy ourselves with both, there’s less time for bickering… Shabbat Shalom.