Colors: Cyan Color

This week, we will once again read about how Korach and his followers rebelled against Moshe Rabbeinu. Korach has long been seen as the classic example of a divisive figure who sought to aggrandize himself. The Mishnah in Avos (5:17) wrote: “Any dispute for the sake of Heaven will in the end endure. One that is not for the sake of Heaven will not endure. Which is the controversy that is for the sake of Heaven? Such was the controversy of Hillel and Shamai. And which is the controversy that is not for the sake of Heaven? Such was the controversy of Korach and all his congregation.”

“Pride goes before ruin” – Mishlei 16:18

The above quote, which the Christian community translates to “Pride comes before the Fall,” has greater significance today than in generations past. Unless you are incredibly fortunate, the relentless avalanche of “Pride” has been blinding you with their aggressive seizure-inducing barrage of colors, and the accompanying displays wouldn’t be appropriate for a Las Vegas nightclub, let alone public consumption. The Jewish community is not immune from this, not by a long shot.

On Sunday, a group of 20 Senators - 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans - revealed a framework for a gun control bill.  While not the sweeping legislation that activists desire, this legislation is the closest thing to a compromise on guns that has occurred in Washington in decades.  Like everything coming out of Capitol Hill, there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

In the epilogue of the popular series on “I don’t do anything wrong,” which garnered hundreds of positive comments, including offers for me to speak at their cultural institutions, let’s talk about what bored housewives or even husbands can undertake, to fight the evil inclination that rages inside each of us. The Rambam says it’s impossible to love two things at once. Either we concentrate on G-d, our great attitude of our Torah and its ideals, or we let our minds get cluttered with wonderful imaginations and pursue expensive and meaningless objects of desire that get us into trouble.

Republican candidates for Governor of New York squared off on Monday night, making their cases to win the primary vote to be held on June 28.  Congressman Lee Zeldin, former Westchester Executive Rob Astorino, Businessman Harry Wilson, and Andrew Giuliani had many differences over the evening, but one message was clear: New York can no longer afford to be a one-party state.