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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Korach: Chasam Sofer - A Thousand Years Would Not Have Changed Korach

Korach took Moshe up on his challenge to bring Kitores to see who is right. Rashis asks, "Was Korach a fool?" He answers that they were not fools but rather, "Chatu Al Nafshosam; They sinned on their souls." What does this mean, and how does it answer the question?

The Iturei Torah brings in the name of the Chasam Sofer the rule in Hilchos Taaruvos, "Min BiMino Afilu BaElef Lo Batel' Two like substances can not be mivatel each other no matter how small an amount is mixed with the other." In a play on words of this Chazal-- Min, an apikorus, BiMino, in his apikurses, Afilu BaElef Lo Batel, even in a thousand years will never change his position. This sentiment is brought in the Gemara (Avodah Zara 17).

Rashi tells us that Korach was not a fool. If he were, the challenge of the Kitores would have made him back down. Rather he was a Min, an apikores, and an Apikores never ever changes his mind, no matter what threat faces him.