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1)

What are the implications of the words "Al Hashem"?

1.

Rashi: It implies that their quarrel was not against them - Moshe and Aharon 1 - but against Hashem, since Moshe's appointment of Aharon as Kohen Gadol was at the behest of Hashem.

2.

Seforno: Moshe was warning Korach 'I am casting my lot on Hashem - that He should defend my honor and that of Aharon.' 2


1

According to Rashi, it is not clear why the Pasuk says "ve'Aharon Mah Hu", and not 've'Nachnu Mah'?

2

Seforno: And that he (Moshe) was declining to do so himself.

2)

What is the exact translation of "Atah ve'Chol Adascha ha'No'adim al Hashem ... "?

1.

Ramban #1 (explaining Rashi): 'You and your congregation, who are assembling with you, it is against Hashem that you are assembling, not against Aharon'. 1

2.

Ramban #2 (citing Ibn Ezra): The 'Hey' is redundant, and the Pasuk reads 'You and your congregation are grumbling against Hashem ... '.

3.

Ramban #3: With reference to Pasuk 7, Moshe is saying 'You and your congregation, who are assembling against Hashem and not against Aharon, appear before Hashem tomorrow'.


1

Ramban: It is a 'short Pasuk', incorporating something that is self-understood.

3)

Why did Moshe find it necessary to repeat "Atah ve'Chol Adascha" since he already began addressing them above in Pasuk 5?

1.

Ramban: Because in Pasuk 8, he addressed Korach exclusively, he needed to reintroduce them into his instructions.

4)

Why didn't Korach answer Moshe?

1.

Hadar Zekenim: Korach was a clever Rasha. He knew that Moshe is a great Chacham. If I answer him, he will refute me, and I will need to accede.

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