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Polarizing Leadership Styles – King Saul vs. Korach

The Haftorah of Parashat Korach discusses Shmuel’s choice of Israel’s first king – King Saul. Shmuels annoints Saul as King of Israel, in light of Israel’s protest declaring they want a king at all cost! In Shmuel I Chapter 10 – Shmuel warns the nation of the power King Saul, and any king for that matter, will possess. This proclamation is called “Mishpat HaMelech” – The King’s Law. Shmuel declares in front of the entire Jewish people that Saul will be the King and that he will possess incredible power to decide whatever ruling he wishes. 

What is better – having a King or accepting God’s sovereignty?

How is the nation’s rebellion against Shmuel similar to Korach’s rebellion against Moshe?

The juxtaposition of the Haftorah and the Parasha of Korach help create a full picture regarding the style of leadership the Jewish people need to have and what rebellions are acceptable and which ones are not tolerated.

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