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) 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", which refers to the Ketores of Mitzvah.

2

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

2)

Which "B'nei Levi" is Moshe referring to?

1.

Rashi and Ramban: He is referring to Korach 1 and the remainder of the tribe of Levi, whom he was discouraging from joining him (Korach). 2

2.

Seforno and R. Chananel 3 : He is referring to the two hundred and fifty men.


1

Rashi: Moshe began speaking to Korach softly; but when he saw that he refused to relent, 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 B'choros (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)

What did Moshe mean when he said "Rav lachem B'nei Levi"?

1.

Rashi: He meant that Korach had bitten off more than he could chew by quarreling with Hakadosh-Baruch-Hu.

2.

Seforno: He meant that, since the B'nei Levi were already chosen to serve Hashem, Hashem would be all the more angry with them for rebelling.

4)

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

1.

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


1

He understood that if he is rebelling against Moshe without reason

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