Rabbi's Blog

June 15, 2018
2 Tamuz 5778

Parashat Korach
Numbers 16:1 - 18:32

Before I was a rabbi, I was a parent. The challenge of becoming a parent was to follow in the loving caring ways my parents modeled for me. It was a model based on caring for others, being part of a community, and standing up to be counted when times called for it.

I look around and see pictures of children being torn from their parents’ arms in this country that provided a new life for my parents after the Shoah. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and disappointment they would feel if they were to witness what we are currently witnessing. Where is the country that took my parents in?

In this week’s Torah portion, the witnesses to Korach’s rebellion stood by and silently watched the rebellion, waiting for God to intervene. Unlike the witnesses to Korach’s rebellion, religious leaders across the political spectrum in the United States have begun to speak up. We know that it is up to us to speak up.

This is a human crisis, not a political one. The soul of our nation is at stake. I invite you to sign petitions and attend demonstrations. Unlike our Torah portion, we cannot wait for the Divine to take sides and decide who is in the right. The decision is ours, and we need to act.

To quote Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, “The goal of leadership should be effectiveness – not power for its own sake.”

In this case, effectiveness means taking care of the needs of others. We can find a way if we all work together. We must take action.

Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn