Israel's sovereignty dilemma: When our leaders are put to the test

Narcissism in the garb of civil rights activism

Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long ,

Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu meet in White House
Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu meet in White House

The charismatic Korach, a Levite of distinction, leads a rebellion against the authority of Moses, ostensibly championing equality and social justice, but it is quickly revealed that his incitement is not directed against Moses alone, but against G-d Himself.

His ego-driven rebellion is actually a manifestation of his own myopic, narcissistic world view. Pretending to be concerned about the welfare of the nation, he is only concerned with himself; he is the very opposite of Moses, who is altogether without ego, and places the nation above his own life.

In this week’s podcast Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long ponder the incident of Korach and discuss remarkable parallels to our own time. Throughout history and today as well, we are witness to movements that purport to represent social justice, and are willing to re-write the narrative of history to fit the requirement of their agenda. Our hosts deliver a fitting lesson for all who love the G-d of Israel, Jew and non-Jew alike, to connect to the energy of this month of Tammuz, with its special qualities and the opportunity it presents to us the challenge to heal our vision.