This week's Torah Portion we ready about Korach (Numbers 16-18) The the lead character is a very wealthy man by the name of, Korach. He and his followers take it upon themselves to challenge Moses and Aaron for the opportunity to lead the Jewish People.
Pretty amazing when you consider that Moses had just led the people out of bondage, had been recognized by G-d as the leader and received the commandments.
But, Korach pretended, at first to be a helper. He started the rebellion by telling Moses that one person could not possibly do all the work and, by appointing him (Korach, who by all accounts was righteous.) Moses would not have to do all the heavy lifting.
In the end, G-d punished Korach and his followers in a most public manner by opening the ground under their feet and the earth swallowed them and sealed back up all without a sign they had ever been here.
There are two great lessons in this portion:
First, just because you have wealth and power doesn't automatically give you the right to be the leader. It is the person who leads, without regard to his personal wealth and for the people that is the true leader. And, in this story that was....Moses.
Second, sometimes people with selfish intentions pretend to want to be helpful when the goal really is all for themselves. We all know people who promise too much but, in the end disappoint.
Korach is an interesting story that can have meaning even today.
Shabbat Shalom and have a wonderful weekend!