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1)

What sort of Ketores did Moshe instruct them to bring?

1.

Ramban #1 (citing Targum Onkelos) 1 : It was not the Ketores of Mitzvah but frankincense or something similar. 2

2.

Rashi (on Pasuk 6), Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It was the morning Ketores of Mitzvah.


1

In the text of the Ramban, Onkelos translates "Ketores" in this Parshah as "Ketores". In our text however, Onkelos translates it as "Ketores Busmin" . Refer to 16:7:1:2.

2

Refer to 16:6:1:1****.

2)

Who were the "B'nei Levi"?

1.

Rashi, Ramban and Targum Yonasan: It refers to Korach 1 and to the remainder of the tribe of Levi, to discourage them from joining him. 2

2.

Seforno and R. Chananel 3 : They are the 250 men.


1

Rashi: Moshe began speaking to Korach softly; but when he saw that he was digging in his heels, he included the rest of the tribe in the warning, before they too, joined the rebellion.

2

Ramban: Although Korach argued on behalf of the Bechoros (Refer to 16:1:9:1), that was only a sham - to make the people believe that he was arguing on their behalf - whereas in reality, all he wanted was the Kehunah Gedolah. Consequently, Moshe, who saw through his sham, admonished him that he should be satisfied with the Kavod allotted to the tribe of Levi.

3

Refer to 16:2:3:3.

3)

Korach was astute! Why did he enter this folly, to rebel against Moshe?

1.

Rashi citing Tanchuma: He saw (with Ru'ach ha'Kodesh) a great chain that would descend from him


1

It is not clear however, how his sons were initially destined to die, seeing as they are not listed among the plotters

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