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Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
"Ha'alu Misaviv Le'Mishkan Qorah"
"Mishkan" - the Tabernacle?
Why is the dwelling of Qorah referred to as "Mishkan", the name we use for the
Tabernacle, the temporary dwelling of the divine spirit until Bet Hamiqdash was
built-? Why is this word used to describe the tent of Qorah?
The answer lies in understanding what Qorah stood for. Qorah believed that the
divine spirit dwelled by everyone and not solely in one specific place (i.e. the
Tabernable). Similarly, Qorah did not agree with Moshe and Aharon being placed
above the nation, when really all people are equal and holy. Therefore, to help
highlight the crux of Qorah's argument, the pasuk tells us "Le'Mishkan Qorah"-
that Qorah considered his tent like a personal Mishkan EQUAL to the actual
Many people, until this day, continue to have similar issues. They believe that
the Rabbi should not be above the people he leads, but rather just like the
people he leads. Like Qorah found fault with Moshe & Aharon in that they were
placed above the people, there are people today who have a similar opinion of
This is a tragic understanding of the role of a Hacham. A Rabbi is a person who
must be a role model in all he does and in all he teaches. If the Rabbi was just
an intelligent, charismatic man, but acts like one of the crowd, how can he ever
succeed in raising the people's holiness? The Rabbi must be on a higher
spiritual status in all he does, as Moshe and Aharon, so that he will be able to
elevate the people through his teachings and by serving as a constant role