18 Jun Rabbi Hillel Skonik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Korach 5775
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Korach in which Moshe faces not simply a leadership challenge, but an actual challenge to his leadership. His cousin Korach publically questions whether Moshe is the right man for the job, asking what makes Moshe so special that he was chosen above anyone else in their tribe to lead the Israelites. In retrospect, it is hard to imagine anyone other than Moshe leading the people out of Egypt and through the desert for forty years. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, God is without a doubt powerful enough to have helped any person lead any group of people through any desert for any period of time. What God found in Moshe, and what made Moshe the right person for the job, was that Moshe didn’t do it for recognition or fame. He even fought with God to get out of it. Sometimes a reluctant leader is the best one, and Moshe was most certainly the right one.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik