Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
"goes up" to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
Korach, along with Dattan, Aviram, and 250 men from Shevet
Reuven, challenged Moshe and Aharon's leadership. Moshe set the next day
for a showdown, hoping that the rebels would reconsider their rebellion.
After attempting to convince Korach to reconsider, Moshe
attempted to sway Dattan and Aviram. Moshe's efforts were rebuffed.
The next day Hashem instructed Moshe and the nation to separate
themselves from the tents of Korach, Dattan, and Aviram. Moshe proclaimed
that his and Aharon's leadership would be divinely confirmed through the
way in which Korach and his followers would die. Korach, Dattan, and
Aviram, along with their entire families were swallowed up by the earth,
while the 250 men from Reuven were consumed by a heavenly fire.
A rebellion broke out among the people, and Aharon had to
intervene in order to stop the plague sent as a punishment against the
people. 14,700 people perished in the plague.
Aharon's appointment as Kohain Gadol is reconfirmed through the
test of the staffs. Aharon's staff was the only staff that miraculously
Aharon's staff is placed in the Holy of Holies. The duties of
the Kohanim and Leviyim are stated along with a list of the Kohain's share
in the nations produce and live stock.
The Levite's share of the nation's produce and the gifts given
by the Laviyim to the Kohanim are stated.