In this week’s parshah, we learn that the sons of Korach did not follow their father nor his teachings. As it states, “And the sons of Korach did not die (BaMidbar 26:11).” The sons of Korach were spared from the fate decreed upon their father because they did not follow in his ways.

Many psalms are attributed to the descendants of Korach. In T’hilim, David HaMelech declares: “Praiseworthy is the man who did not follow the counsel of the wicked, neither did he stand in the way of sinners nor sit in the company of scorners (1:1).” The Midrash (Yalkut Shim’oni, Korach, ch. 16) explains that “praiseworthy” is referring to the sons of Korach.

The Midrash (Yalkut Shim’oni 752) relates that the sons of Korach were in a dilemma. They were sitting with their father Korach when Moshe appeared. They said to one another: “If we arise for Moshe, we offend our father. If we remain seated, on the other hand, we transgress the mitzvah of giving honor to a Torah Scholar. They decided to fulfill the Torah commandment and rose out of respect for Moshe Rabbeinu. It was in this merit that they were saved for, at that moment, thoughts of repentance stirred in their hearts.

This took great courage on their part. In life, we’re often told to “go with the flow.” But the sons of Korach felt that it was time to instigate change and decided to go against the flow. The sons of Korach were unique in that they were seekers of truth. This is what saved them. They had an honest conviction to do what’s right.

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yonasan ben Sigalit

David ben Sarah

Yaakov ben Simchah

Eliyahu ben Margalit

Yitzchak ben Mazal

Yitzchak Chaim ben Sarah

Yosef ben Nosrat

Moshe ben Mazal

Mordechai ben Chanah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Yosef ben Renee

Nesanel ben Miriam

Ariel ben Sarah

Velvel Wolf Zev ben Leah

Chaim Yonah ben Ilana


Fredel bas Hendil

Rachel Leah bas Esther

Adele bas Sarah

Ava bas Ilana Esther

Sonia bas Rachel

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchama Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Ora bas Naomi

Miriam bas Rivkah

Elka Rachel bas Sarah Malkah

Lielle Devorah bas Esther

Blume bas Esthel Rivkah

Tziporah bas Fruma

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