Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Korach 7th Aliyah

The Torah describes that the tribe of Levi did not receive a portion in the land of Israel but instead received a tithe from everyone (18:21). Then the Torah tells us that “the Levi [singular] shall perform the service…” (18:23). After describing what the tribe as a whole received, why does the Torah shift the perspective to the singular service of each Levi?

Oznayim LaTorah suggests that the wording used to instruct individual Leviim is to inspire each Levi to go above and beyond the call of duty and to strive to do as much as possible. Rather than passively being content with completing the work that one is given, and worse, thinking that the work will get done by another fellow Levi, one should look to actively maximize their individual contribution to the whole. This is a valuable lesson to not only do our part but that doing is a fundamental part of who we are.