Korach: The Trouble with Being Right

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Korach: The Trouble with Being Right

Welcome to Shabbat Moment, a text study series with Yael Shy, from our friends at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Every week we share Yael’s Torah text study, mindfulness practice tips, and discussion questions for you to reflect + share with others at your Shabbat table. Subscribe here to get the Shabbat Moment delivered straight to your inbox!

This week’s Torah portion is Korach: The Trouble with Being Right.

When you hear the words “I told you so,” what do you think?

In this week’s Torah portion, an Israelite named Korach rebels against Moses and Aaron. Essentially, Korach says: “you are taking on too much!”

The problem with Korach is that he is kind of right.

Korach represents a new challenge to Moses and likewise a new, subtle and complicated part of ourselves: the part that understands part of the truth but closes ourselves off to a larger, deeper truth beyond the edge of what we know.

About the Author

Yael ShySpecial thanks to Yael Shy and our friends at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality for joining us in creating weekly Shabbat moments for your Friday nights.

Yael Shy is the CEO of Mindfulness Consulting, LLC, where she teaches and consults on mindfulness for universities, corporations, and private clients around the world. She is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, 2017), and the founder of Mindful NYU, the largest campus-based mindfulness initiative in the US. Yael is a graduate of the IJS Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Certification.

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