OmerChallenge: Day 24

Today is twenty-four days which are three weeks and three days in the Omer.
Hayom arba’ah v’esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot ushloshah yamim la-omer.

A Jewish song or psalm that means a lot to you

In Psalm 92, there are three words that always catch my eye:

צַדִּיק, כַּתָּמָר יִפְרָח
“tzadik katamar yifrach”
“The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree in the desert”

I like it because there’s a hidden acrostic. reading the last letter of each word, it spells out “Korach”.

Korach, if you missed it the last time it came around in the Torah narrative, had a whole portion named after him (which is good), probably because he calls out Moses and Aaron (which is bad), confirming that all of the Israelites should be a kingdom of priests (which is good) as a way of gaining street cred and making a bid for leadership (which is bad). In the end, God punishes him for it (which is really really bad).

But rather than blowing him up (like Nadav and Abihu), or sending a plague, or even killer chickens, God disposes of Korach in a novel way: The earth opens up and swallows him.

Now what are things that we bury?

Dead people, of course. But also treasure. And seeds.

Finding Korach’s name in the phrase “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree in the desert” is a subtle message. Korach’s ideals – that we should all be a holy nation – weren’t destroyed or allowed to wither.

They were planted, giving them time to germinate, take root, and eventually blossom.


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