Shabbat Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

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Good old Korach. Such a joker.

The Israelites have screwed up bigtime – they lost faith at the border of Canaan and have been doomed to wander until the entire generation of slaves has died out. Not only that, but some folks thought they could push the issue, and tried to take Canaan by force (and without Moses or God on their side. Not a good idea!). The results were as tragic as they were predictable – they got crushed.

But that was last week. This week, back on the desert trail, some folks are understandably miffed. However, you would have thought everyone got the whole Moses + God = BFF’s concept. Nope. Korach and his gang of 250 attempt a violent takeover. The results are, again tragic and yet predictable. Swallowed up by the earth, Korach and his associates become a vivid example of how NOT to stage a political protest.

Limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something that is contained in something else, swallowed up.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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