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    The name of Korach

    The death of Korach & his followers

    Maybe the name of Korach should not be mentioned at all since the Talmud (Yoma 38b) says, “We do not mention the name of the wicked”, and there is a verse in Mishlei (10:7) which says, “The name of the wicked shall rot”.

    We know that there are thoughtful psalms written by the Sons of Korach, who must have abandoned the family’s wickedness… but Korach himself gives no indication of righteousness or repentance.

    The root of his name seems to be k-r-ch, which denotes baldness. The rabbis say that Korach caused a bald area between two sides amongst the people of Israel, and with this record how can we be doing the right thing to mention Korach or to name a sidra after him?

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe uses the name as an indication of what we should do, i.e. to bring unity between factions and join both sides of a quarrel in love and harmony.

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