Kenneth Cohen

Jealousy Takes Away Joy

An important lesson can be learned from the personality of Korach. We need to learn how damaging the negative trait of jealousy can be.

I have been telling my students the three qualities to look for in a potential mate. They must show an appreciation for Torah study, so that it becomes a foundation of their new home. They must realize the importance of self improvement and working on oneself. As a couple, they should help one another rise to greater heights of spirituality.

The third quality of a potential spouse must be, no jealousy. This is a deal breaker, for the jealous person can never be happy no matter what they have. The marriage will suffer because of the inability to appreciate what they have.

This was Korach’s problem. He had Elon Musk level wealth, but was not happy. I have seen so many people over the years, who are miserable only because they cannot overcome their jealousy.

If only people would study the lessons of the Torah, and make these lessons become part of their nature, they would be so much more better off. We can clearly see the wisdom of the Mishna that said, “Who is wealthy? The one who is happy with his lot in life?”

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at