Korach (Numbers 16:1 - 18:32)
16:1-3 What two halachic questions did Korach pose to Moses? What did Moses answer?
What does the name Korach indicate as to the nature of his personality and his approach to spiritual matters?
What was Korach upset about?
Who is Elitzafen?
Why does the Korach episode start with the Hebrew "and he took"?
On, son of Pelet is no longer mentioned further in the Torah (see 16:24). Why not?
According to the Gemara, why do married women go out in public with their hair covered?
According to the Gemara, what does the name On ben Pelet imply?
Why was On in mourning if he actually did nothing wrong?
16:4 Why did Moses think that he was unable to defend the Jewish people this time?
16:5 Why did Moses put them off until the following morning?
16:7 Korach acted foolishly. What foolishness did he commit?
What does the prophet Samuel have to do with Korach?
16:14-15 What were they alluding to about blindness?
How does Moses mentioning "not taken a single donkey" answer the complaints against him?
What does a donkey have to do with Pirke Avot 5:6?
What does a donkey have to do with Ptolemy II and the Septuagint?
16:15 Why does the verse say "one of them" instead of just saying "them"?
The first word of the verse is translated as "distressed" instead of "anger" as it is used in other verses. Why is this translation used here?
16:28 The words "that it was not of my heart" seem superfluous. Why are they in the verse?
16:30 Why did Moses hope they would descend alive into the pit?
16:32 What does this verse have to do with G-d punishing or rewarding people "measure for measure"?
What is an "Ir Hanidachat" and how does it relate to this verse? Where does this term apply previously in the Torah?
16:33 What does this verse have to do with Pirke Avot 3:2?
16:34 Why does the verse say "fled at the their sounds" instead of "fled to their sounds"?
What does this have to do with Genesis 27:22?
16:32,35 What happened to Korach?
Why did he receive both punishments?
17:11 What does "and provide atonement" as opposed to "to provide atonement" signify?
17:13 Why does the verse say "between the dead and the living" instead of "between the living and the dead"?
17:13,15 Why does it say the plague was stopped in both verses?
17:23 Why did Aaron's staff bear "almonds"?
18:15 Why is there a double expression "you shall surely redeem" for people and not for animals?
18:16 If a day starts the night before why isn't a Pidyon Haben done at night?
18:19 What is the connection between salt and the priestly gifts?
18:20 The words " you shall not have a share among them" seem superfluous. What do they mean?