Questions for the Week of Parshas Shelach/Korach
Food For Thought
Is one permitted to crush cooked eggs into small pieces?
What about cutting up a salad into very small pieces?
Am I permitted to chew meat and feed a baby the chewed piece?
Is one permitted to cut meat into fine pieces thereby enabling elder people to eat it?
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
We see in Parshas Korach (16:15) that when Moshe Rabeinu was criticized by Dasan and Aviram for exercising power over them he replied that he had never benefited from anyone nor did he harm anyone.
R Yerucham, the spiritiul mashgiach in Mir points out that Moshe did not automatically disregard their rebuke even though they had been antagonizing him since Egypt, rather he examined himself and concluded that he was virtuous.
Human nature deflects rebuke especially when it is mouthed by an enemy.
R Yisorel Salanter thus explained Dovid haMelechs verse in Tehilim where he says ????? ??? ????? ?????? ????, meaning that even when my enemies rise against me and rebuke and curse, I still listen and inspect myself to see whether there is any truth in their words I listen.
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