June 5, 2013 17:02
How can we each fulfill the uniqueness of our potential, while doing so with humility and a spirit of service?
CARTOON fallen statue521.
(photo credit:pepe fainberg)
A creeping dynamic has been at play since the outset of the Book of Numbers, and
it comes to the fore in the story of Korach: the question of authority, fame,
and service.Specifically, how do we balance our innate desire and need
for recognition and authority with a spirit of submission and selflessness? In
order to fully appreciate the story, we first need to retrace our steps. At the
start of Numbers, God instructs Moses to appoint heads of the tribes to assist
in the counting of all the Israelites. “With you [and Aaron] will be one man for
each tribe, each man the head of his ancestral house” (Num. 1:4). The Torah goes
on to list the names of each of the men. “For the tribe of Reuben, Elitzur ben
Shedeiur. For the tribe of Simeon, Shelumiel ben Tzurishaddai.” And so