Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Get Away from Them!

   by Reb Gutman Locks  


     In this week's Torah portion (Korach), Hashem tells Moshe, "Remove yourself from among this assemble and I shall destroy them in an instant!"[i]

     The commentaries ask; But couldn't Hashem have picked out the ones to be punished without the righteous ones having to separate from them?

     Ramban says this is a cue to the righteous that they should pray and seek atonement for their brothers.

     There is a much more basic teaching learned from the command to separate from the evildoers, and not to rely on Hashem punishing only them while sparing the innocent who are by them.

     This teaches us not to be by evildoers at all, not even when we have no intention of following their ways. Evildoers spread their intentions and few of us are strong enough not to be affected.


[i] Deuteronomy 17:10


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