Section: Parshas HaShavua Category: Quick Vort
|Parshas Korach: Moshe Gives The Mussar Of His Life|
The gemara (Sotah 13b) says that Moshe told Korach "Rav Lachem Bnei Levi", you have taken too much upon yourselves, sons of Levi (Korach 16:7) and therefore when he asked Hashem to go into Eretz Yisroel, Hashem used the same language in rejecting his plea, "Rav Lach Al Tosif Daber Eilai Od BaDavar HaZeh", it is too much do not speak to me about this matter any more (VaEschanan 3:26). What is the connection? What did Moshe do wrong to Korach that he deserved to have this thrown back into face in his moment of truth?
I heard in the name of Rav Lipa Rabinowitz of Manchester as follows. The Achronim say that Korach's agenda was to be mikayem more mitzvos. he wanted the Kehuna so that he can do the Avodah in the Mishkan. Even when it comes to mitzvos, Moshe told him, there are boundaries given to each person and when crossed it becomes an aveira rather than a mitzva. A Kohen has a mitzva doing the avodah, not so a Zar who is severely punished. Moshe told Korach "Rav Lachem Bnei Levi". Do not force your way to extra mitzvos. It is not you destiny and will only bring you trouble.
Similarly Moshe Rabbeinu yearned to go into Eretz Yisroel to be Mikayem the mitzvos that one can only perform in Eretz Yisroel. Hashem as a final verdict gives Moshe mussar and says, Rav Lach! It is not your destiny to be Mikayem Mitzvos in Eretz Yisroel and do not push to hard, just like you told Korach many years ago.