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Friday, June 24, 2011
R' Shlomo on Korach
thought this was profound,
"Friends, it has to be clear to us that the whole story of Korach is mamesh the deepest depths. Korach is someone who never did anything wrong in his whole life. The Yismach Moshe says that in one of the previous times (gilgulim) he was here in this world. 'I was one of the people who went out with Moshe from Egypt,and I was there when the fight was going on between Korach and Moshe.I didn't mingle in because I didn't know which one is which. I'll tell you the truth, Korach was so holy that I mamesh did not know if he was holier than Ahron, I did not know. So I stayed neutral'. What was the whole thing with Korach? Open your hearts to the deepest depths.
Everybody wants to be the holy of holiest, but maybe G-d doesn't want you to be the holy of holiest. Maybe G-d needs you to be less holy and serve him on that level. What do I know? Everybody likes to be like Avraham Avinu, but like the Pshischer says, maybe G-d doesn't need another Avraham Avinu. G-d already had Avraham Avinu, now he needs Simcha Bunim.
You see, it's a very delicate thing. On one hand I have to want to be the holiest and greatest, on the other hand I have to say to G-d 'if you don't want me to be serve on the level of the holy of holiest, it's also okay with me.' This is the highest level there is, most real level.
You see, Korach wanted to serve G-d but he mamesh wanted to be the holiest. Ahron was ready to serve G-d even if he was the lowest, and therefore he was really the holiest. Moshe Rabbeinu was chosen because Moshe Rabbeinu didn't want to go up to Mount Sinai.You know what Moshe Rabbeinu felt on Mount Sinai? 'Gevalt, if G-d would have chosen somebody else, I would have been just as happy, absolutely just as happy, because the most important thing is that Israel should know what G-d has to say'. Since he was the only one who just wanted that G-d should tell us what he wants and it didn't matter to him through who, therefore he was the only one who was chosen. The other ones… it really mattered to them if it was them or someone else. So the moment it matters to you if it is you or somebody else, you cannot go up to Mount Sinai. You cannot be a high priest unless it doesn't matter to you who it is, only then it could be you.
Korach was 'taka' mamesh holy, but like the Ishbitser says, this portion of the week is showing us that even that is not good enough. To be mamesh a yidele is even deeper than that. If l say 'I want to be a Jew because I realize this is the true religion, this is the truth, I want to be holy and I want to be close to G-d'. It's very holy but this isn't where it's at yet. When someone says I want to be a Jew andI don't know why… I just got to be it... gevalt.
Not because I will be holier or closer... I just have to."