altman Korach

Parshat Korach with Rabbi Altman

Following the rebellion of Korach against Moshe and the seemingly successful squashing of it, it is clear from the Torah that there is still a need to vindicate the choice of Aharon as the Koheon HaGadol.

To demonstrate this Hashem instructs Moshe to place twelve staffs inside the Kodesh Hakodashim (Holy of Holies), each inscribed with the name of the tribal leader. The next day Aharon’s staff grows almond blossoms and almonds. the purpose of conveying the seemingly superfluous fact that almond blossoms and buds grew along with the almonds is explained by Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rav Moshe suggests that Hashem was saying that like the growth of almonds includes blossoms, buds, and the ripe fruit, becoming a Kohen Gadol does not just happen overnight but is a gradual process. Perhaps it could be said that the flower of the almond is symbolic of the beauty of the blossom above that of the fruit itself. Life is not about finding the shortcuts to reach greatness but rather about embracing the process of improvement.

We want immediate answers and solutions but patience and thought allow us view the larger picture. 

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