By David A.
In this week’s Parsha we read about the well-known rebellion of Korach (the Levite) and his cohorts Datan and Avirom.. There's little doubt that during the 40 year desert wanderings, this event was likely the biggest challenge to Moishe’s leadership and authority. and the text is quite clear as to what was Korach’s major complaint. He focused on Moishe’s nepotism, that is he demanded to know why or on whose authority was it that only Moishe’s family were made priests and not anybody else.
My question is: That despite the apparent prominence of this event, why is it that when Moishe in Devarim (Deut. 10:6) is recounting the events of the desert he forgets to mention Korech or even his complaint about the priesthood.
Of course, for those of us who maintain that Devarim's position on eligibility for the priesthood was to allow any Levite to be a Kohen (see Deut 10:8 & 18:6), then Korach complaint would be moot. And I'd suggest more,that maybe his part in the rebellion actually never happened.
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