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You Can’t Want What I Have

Korach, a prominent figure from the Shevet of Levi and a cousin to Moses and Aaron, held a position of stature within the community. However, instead of being content with his prominent position and embracing his unique role, he harbored a burning jealousy towards the esteemed leaders of the Jewish nation. Korach’s primary concern was not the denial of his own position but his perceived hoarding of greatness by Moshe and Aaron.

In his rebellion, Korach challenged the authority of Moshe and Aaron, suggesting that everyone should be equally holy, implying a quest for equality and fairness, which, in itself, is a claim of value. Nevertheless, his underlying motive was rooted in a desire for personal recognition and a claim to the same level of greatness as Moses and Aaron. This aspiration blinded Korach to the glaring fact that these specific roles were assigned by God to Moshe and Aaron, and not to him.

The story of Korach teaches us a profound lesson about the dangers of seeking recognition and greatness for ourselves, especially at the expense of others. It highlights the importance of embracing our individual roles within the larger framework of greater responsibility. Each person possesses unique gifts, talents, that, when combined, create a harmony and unity. True greatness lies not in seeking personal glory and fame, but in fulfilling our designated roles with humility and dedication. Moses and Aaron exemplified this by their unwavering commitment to serving God and the Jewish nation. Their dedication allowed them to lead with integrity, ultimately earning them the respect and recognition that they deserved.

Within our own lives, we will accomplish more by focusing on our own strength, instead of being consumed by a desire for the glory and fame of others. Let us strive to make a positive impact within our own personal spheres of influence, embracing our unique roles and appreciating the contributions of others.

About the Author
StevenZvi grew up in Brooklyn and in his professional life worked in the healthcare industry in New York City. Wishing to create additional meaning and purpose in his life, he moved to Jerusalem in November 2020, where he lives with his wife, works in the Medical Technology space and volunteers for Hatzalah. He uses his writing capabilities as a healthy outlet not to receive money, recognition or fame. It’s his hope that his articles will have some positive impact on the Jewish nation and humanity worldwide. He may not live forever, but his contributions to society might.
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