Shabbat-B'Shabbato – Parshat KorachNo 1678: 30 Sivan 5777 (24 June 2017)* * * NOTICE TO ALL OUR LOYAL READERS * * *With this issue (Number 1678, Torah portion of Korach), Shabbat B’Shabbato is suspending publication, after 33 years of uninterrupted service to the public!“Gal-Oren,” the company which publishes this bulletin, has announced that it can no longer support the financial burden that this entails, because of fierce competition in the advertising market. We agreed with them that we will look for new educational/Torah-true partners to continue this endeavor. Under thesecircumstances, this will be the last issue to be published, until some satisfactoryfinancial solution can be found.See Rabbi Rozen’s weekly column below, “Point of View,” for more comments.AS SHABBAT APPROACHES“I did not Take One Donkey from Them” - by Rabbi Mordechai Greenberg, Rosh Yeshiva, Kerem B'YavneDatan and Aviram accused Moshe of some very serious faults, such as not keeping his promise to bring the people to a land of milk and honey. An evenworse accusation was that he took on himself to become “a ruler over us.” [Bamidbar 16:13]. From Moshe’s reply, we can see what they claimed: “I did not take one donkey from them” [16:15]. As Rashi notes, “Even when I went from Midyan to Egypt and put my wife and son on a donkey – when I could havetaken one of their donkeys, I only took one of mine.”Moshe, our first leader, teaches us how to lead the public. This is also what the profit Shmuel said near his death: “Now, behold, answer me before G-d and before his anointed one – whose ox did I take, whose donkey did I take, whom did I defraud, whom did I oppress?” [Shmuel I 12:3, from this week’s Haftorah]. Shmuel’s behavior and his wariness of taking any physical benefits were evidently part of the education he received from his mother.In the beginning of the book of Shmuel, we are told, “And his mother made him a little coat which she brought to him from year to year” [Shmuel I 2:19]. Evidently the verse is trying to contrast this behavior with what we are told about the corrupt customs of the sons of Eli, who took advantage oftheir high positions for their own personal benefit. The late Chanan Porat correctly wrote that this little act of giving Shmuel his own personal coat was an act of defiance against the behavior of the sons. It was as if she said: “My son will not benefit from public property, he will not wear a coatthat was bought from public funds, even if in a formal sense this would be permitted. My son will not make use of ‘a grandiose government vehicle, added pay for clothing, or free electricity.’ He will not strike to improve his physical benefits. My son will wear his own little coat.”I remember when I was very young, when an electric refrigerator was still considered a luxury, somebody advertised that he had a refrigerator to sell.
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