The taste of Shabbat – Pinchas 5778
Rav Mordechai Elon
The Torah, in our parsha, gives a detailed list of the names and numbers of the Children of Israel. Part of the list, in the tribe of Levi, is the Karchi family. The head of the family was Korach, and in the future one of his descendants will be the judge who saved Israel, Shmuel Hanavi, the kingmaker of Shaul and David, about whom it is written ֹ֘ מ שֶׁ֤ה וְ אַֽהֲ ֹ֨ רן בְַֽ כהֲ ניו ושְמואֵל בְ קרְאֵֵ֣י שְמ֑וֹ…
Moshe and Aaron with their priests, together with Shmuel call His name
The obvious question is: How, if Korach and his family were swallowed into the ground, did his family survive now and in the future? The answer may be found in our parsha. When the Torah tells us about the tribe of Reuven, and reaches Dotan and Aviram, it tells us about the punishment of Korach and his followers, but tells us
ובְנֵי ק רח ל א מֵַֽתו.
Korach's children didn’t die
This just magnifies the question, how did they survive if we have just read that the whole family was buried in the ground? Rashi tells us ובשעת המחלוקת הרהרו תשובה בלבם לפיכך נתבצר להם מקום גבוה בגיהנם וישבו שם ) סנהדרין קי:(.
hey were in the plot originally, but at the moment when the rebellion broke out they had thoughts of repentance in their hearts; therefore a high spot was fenced round for them in Gehinnom and they stayed there In other words they had thoughts of teshuva in the middle of the argument, so whilst swallowing them up, Hashem put them in a high place, and saved them. Still we must ask two questions. First, why does the Torah wait forty years to give us important information about what happened in Parshat Korach? Secondly, why are we told this in the census on the tribe of Reuven, and not when we are told about Korach's family?