Shabbat Parashat Korach| 5764
Korach | | 1/8/2004
The machloket (usually translated as disagreement or conflict) of Korach and his congregation (adato) is a symbol of a machloket shelo l’sheim shamayim (not for Heaven’s sake). Chazal tell us that such a machloket will not survive over time (Avot 5:17). Why do Chazal call it the machloket of “Korach and his congregation,” why not “Korach and Moshe”? Who was Korach’s eidah? And why doesn’t the machloket last?
Case: A woman (=pl), who was not hired by the sellers of a property (def) as their agent, brought a potential buyer to see the property. After some time, that person bought the property and some time after that, pl asked for a brokerage fee. Def gave only a small amount of money to pl, and a regional beit din rejected her claim to receive according to the accepted rates of real estate agents. The High Rabbinical Court sat on this matter as a court of appeals.
There is an additional distinction between the two sides of the Jordan in the time of Bayit Sheni. During that period, re-sanctification could not be accomplished outside the boundaries of Eretz Yisrael. Firstly, kedusha based on conquest could not take place until all of Eretz Yisrael was taken, which never happened in that period. Additionally, at that time, sanctification took place by settlement (chazaka), not conquest.
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).