It’s attention-grabbing to take a look at the which means of the names of the characters in our Torah. One notable one is Korach – the chief of a revolt towards Moses – which suggests ‘Bald One’.
Hebrew names are important, a present you give to a baby and in flip hopefully the present that youngster then bestows upon their mother and father. So, I typically marvel why this title was given to Korach.
There have been solely 3 times when Israelites have been permitted to shave their heads. The primary was when an individual re-entered the group and its spiritual life after restoration from a pores and skin illness, translated from the Hebrew as ‘leprosy’, but it surely additionally has a hyperlink to the phrase for ‘gossip’.
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Miriam was struck with this when she spoke out towards her brother and so maybe Korach’s moniker is due to the evil phrases he spoke towards Moses as effectively.
The second time when a shaved head was permitted was to finish an individual’s time as a nazir, who like Samson, was somebody who has vowed to not reduce their hair and abstain from all alcohol. Maybe Korach was ending a interval of spirituality by attacking Moses.
Thirdly, it’s a part of the ritual of consecration for each monks and Levites once they commenced their service within the sanctuary.
Korach may have been anticipating to be consecrated as a priest as he was already a Levite.
I shaved my head at 18, but it surely in all probability had lots to do with revolt.
I seen folks made assumptions about my politics, attitudes, sexual orientation and thought I used to be a veggie.
So what does ‘Korach’ imply? As rabbis, we regularly check with the ‘kids’ of Israel and, if we take that actually, then maybe Korach is shaving their head, rebelling as a ceremony of passage and selecting to face outdoors communal conventions.
Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of technique and partnerships