The following is a sample from the up and coming Breslov Chumash entitled: “Rebbe Nachman’s Torah.”

16:1 Korach, son of Yitzhar son of Levi, separated himself.

Haughtiness is Concomitant with Idolatry

Our Sages declare that Korach was a heretic. He was haughty, which is concomitant with idolatry (LM I, 10:9).

The Difference Between Aharon and Korach

Aharon was a Kohen, associated with chesed. As such, he corresponds to the spiritual reality called the “right side.” Korach, on the other hand, was a Levi, associated with gevurah. As such, he corresponds to the spiritual reality called the “left side.”

God’s decree, “Let there be light,” corresponds to the right side. “And it was light” corresponds to the left side.

“God then separated between light and darkness.” That refers to the difference between Aharon and Korach (LM I, 44).

A Person Must Strive to Develop the Nature That God Has Given Him

All strife is drawn from the strife of Korach against Aharon.

Korach wanted to be like Aharon. They were separate entities, each with his own unique qualities. But Korach rebelled against being who he was and thus made strife his way of being.

A person must be himself. He must create unity and peace between opposing sides within himself]. That mitigates Divine decrees (LM I, 46).

16:32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them.

Sinning Leads to a Feeling of Humiliation

The Talmud relates that every Rosh Chodesh Korach declares, “Moshe and his Torah are truth, and I and my followers are liars” (Bava Batra 74b).

Rosh Chodesh is the source of repentance, for on Rosh Chodesh God Himself “repents” for having diminished the size of the moon (see Chullin 60b).

Since Rosh Chodesh is a day of repentance, there is no Gehinnom. There remains, however, punishment on Rosh Chodesh in the form of the humiliation of confessing and regretting one’s sins (LM I, 10:9; see also below, Chapter 29).

17:23 Aharon’s staff, representing the Tribe of Levi, blossomed.

For Kindness to Blossom, It Must Be Paired with the Fear of God

Aharon is associated with chesed. For kindness to blossom and spread, it must have a vessel in which to be received. That vessel is the fear of God. The fear of God corresponds to the trait of Gevurah, which is associated with Levi (LM II, 4:4; also end).

18:19 A covenant of salt.

The Tzaddik is Compared to Salt

The tzaddik is compared to salt, which preserves meat. This is because the tzaddik guards the covenant, which preserves his flesh from sin (LM I, 4:10).

The Tzaddik Adds a Joyful Flavor to Our Lives

Just as salt is a condiment for foods, so too does the tzaddik add a joyful flavor to our lives, for his teachings help us person temper the bitterness that comes in life (LM I, 23:2).

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Chaim Kramer is largely responsible for introducing Rebbe Nachman’s teachings to today’s generation. He is a sought-after lecturer on Rebbe Nachman’s teachings by English-speaking congregations around the world. Chaim has been the director of the Breslov Research Institute since its inception in 1979. BRI has been the main publishing-house for translations of classic and contemporary Breslov books. More than 100 titles are currently in print, in English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, and even Korean. Chaim himself, is the author of “Through Fire and Water”, “Crossing the Narrow Bridge”, “Anatomy of the Soul”, “This Land is My Land”, and many more titles, as well as annotating the entire 15 volume English Edition of Likutei MoHaRan.

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