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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Friday, June 23, 2017

Parsha

We all nod our heads in agreement when we hear the phrase, "Two Jews, three opinions." We similarly chuckle when we hear the anecdote about the Jew who was discovered after years of living alone on a desert island. His rescuers noticed that he had built two huts aside from the one he lived in. He told the puzzled people who saved him that they were shuls, or synagogues. When asked why he needed two shuls, he retorted, "One is the one in which I pray, and the other is the one into which I would never set foot."

We have no trouble believing that Jews tend to be contentious and have to express their disagreements with others, even when stranded alone on a desert island. The question that must be asked is whether or not this contentiousness

The Midrash teaches that there were two wealthy people in the world — one, a Jew named Korach, the other, a gentile named Haman.

They both lost their wealth as well as their lives because they allowed jealousy to consume them. In addition to wealth, Korach had everything that a man could dream of. He was the descendent of a noble family, a cousin of Moses. He enjoyed respect and admiration and was also blessed with a beautiful family, and yet, he was discontented.

He couldn`t bear that Moses

In this week’s parsha, we discover our tragic predilection for self-destruction. Even if G-d performs open miracles and bestows every blessing upon us, it will be to no avail if we are bent on trouble. G-d performed the most astounding miracles for our forefathers: the plagues that fell upon Egypt, the splitting of the Red Sea, the collapse of Pharaoh and the Egyptian army, manna falling from heaven, water gushing forth from rocks, the giving of the Torah at Sinai - and yet, when the command

Benjamin Franklin made the phrase "God helps those who help themselves" famous by including it in his Poor Richard’s almanac. It is a popular saying emphasizing the importance of self-initiative which would certainly have appealed to 18th century colonists. Many mistakenly believe the phrase has biblical origins. It doesn’t although echoes of it can be heard throughout King Solomon’s Proverbs. We emphasize that man must make some effort before expecting assistance from Heaven. Kabbalistically

At the end of this week’s portion, when Miriam and Aaron are critical of their brother, Hashem appears to them confirming with regard to His servant Moses that in all Hashem’s household, there is none more faithful. And at the end of the Five Books of Moses, the Torah tells us, 'And Moshe died there, a servant (eved) of HaShem.' The Rabbis explain that the definition of an eved is 'someone who has the total possession of his master on him'   - it means total servitude and commitment to one's