25 May Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Korach/Shabbat Rosh Chodesh 5777
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Korach which tells the story of the only serious rebellion against Moshe and Aaron’s leadership of the Israelite people. While this story is of course an example of the wickedness of Korach and the unstable nature of the Israelites, I believe it is also an incredible example of the growth in confidence that can take place in a person. If we think back to when Moshe was instructed by God to take the people out of Egypt, Moshe tried very hard to not take the job even reminding God of his being “slow of speech and slow of tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Yet now, when Korach and his followers rise up against him, Moshe has no trouble finding the words to argue with these rebels and knows exactly how to handle to situation. It is almost hard to believe that this is the same man. What has changed in Moshe is his years of experience and his confidence in himself. This should teach us that we can all grow in ability and confidence in areas that may not be our strength. It requires dedication and of course practice, but given time we can all be as successful as Moshe.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik