Parshat Korach: Discerning truth from illusion

This portion mainly refers to the first dispute challenging the national leadership of Moses and the spiritual leadership of Aaron among the People of Israel.

This dispute not only questioned Moses and Aaron’s leadership but the Creator’s will and plan for Israel. Division was imminent as night and morning are divided by divine decree. Only in the light of the morning any eventual dispute must be cleared.

Morning is the reflection of clarity, and in the light truth can’t be overshadowed by the fantasies and illusions of darkness represented by Korach’s rebellion.

“He [Moses] spoke to Korach and to all his company, saying, ‘In the morning, the Lord will make known who is His, and who is holy, and He will draw [them] near to Him, and the one He chooses, He will draw near to Him’.” (Numbers 16:5)

God’s love lives in the truth of His light that symbolizes His ways and attributes. In God’s ways there are no divisions, rebellions or separations because He makes known what is part of it, what is holy to Him that is always close to Him.

In the awareness of love, only its ways and attributes prevail because love does not cohabit with anything different from what is inherent to God’s ways. In love everything lives and fructifies because God’s love sustains all life. Hence death is just the reflection of the illusions and fantasies of ego’s darkest desires. Only God’s love redeems us and brings us back to life in order to live again in His moment-to-moment miracles.

Only in our individual and collective awareness of God’s love as our essence and identity we can embrace the true meaning of life, and be able to overcome death.

“(…) and behold, Aaron’s staff for the house of Levi had blossomed! It gave forth blossoms, sprouted buds, and produced ripe almonds.” (17:23)

This awareness (Aaron) must lead all aspects and dimensions of consciousness (the entire Israel) because that is our covenant with the Creator and His love.

“Any devoted thing in Israel shall be yours (Aaron’s).” (18:14)

In this awareness we understand the following verse.

“All the gifts of the holy [offerings] which are set aside by the children of Israel for the Lord I have given to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as an eternal portion; it is like an eternal covenant of salt before the Lord, for you and your descendants with you.” (18:19)

We must assimilate the image of the high priest in Israel as the place and time in our consciousness where and when we are permanently connected to God’s love. This awareness is our portion, the land in our life in the material world.

“The Lord said to Aaron, ‘You shall not inherit in their land, and you shall have no portion among them. I am your inheritance and portion among the children of Israel’.” (18:20)

In our connection to God’s love our mission is to direct all levels of consciousness in His ways and attributes, which are indeed the place He want us for Him to dwell among (in) us.

All we are and do must be infused and expressed with love, the true essence we are, and the best we have in life. Love is the cause and the effect with which we consecrate all we are and do.

“From all your gifts, you shall set aside every gift of the Lord, from its choicest portion, that part of it which is to be consecrated.” (18:29)

When we discern love from the mirages, illusions and fantasies of materialistic life, we are able to live free from the darkness these engender. In love there is no space for transgressing its ways, because we are free from any wrong doing.

When we elevate every dimension of consciousness as the vessels to be filled with God’s commandments through His attributes, we realize that this is the true meaning of life and our redemption from death. That is the message of the final verse of this portion.

“After you separate the choicest part from it, you shall not bear any sin on account of it, but you shall not profane the sacred [offerings] of the children of Israel, so that you shall not die.” (18:32)

About the Author
Ariel Ben Avraham was born in Colombia (1958) from a family with Sephardic ancestry. He studied Cultural Anthropology in Bogota, and lived twenty years in Chicago working as a radio and television producer and writer. He emigrated to Israel in 2004, and for the last fourteen years has been studying the Chassidic mystic tradition, about which he writes and teaches. Based on his studies, he wrote his first book "God's Love" in 2009. He currently lives in Kochav Yaakov.
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