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Korach- Boundaries in the Creation

Korach’s rebellion against Moses was motivated by his desire for unity, that there be no distinctions among the Jewish people. Nevertheless, from the outset, it led to the very opposite and unwanted result. Thus, Moshe’s reply to Korach was “In the morning, G‑d will make known,” the distinction between night and day highlights Korach’s error. Moshe told them, “The Holy One, blessed be He, established boundaries in His world. Can you mix together day and night? Similarly, He set Aharon apart. Are you capable of holding back the distinction that the Holy One, blessed be He, made between the light and the darkness?

Moshe was pointing out that creation is characterized by inherent boundaries and differences that lead to diverse levels among the created beings. Every person or entity has its own definition which distinguishes it and sets it apart from others. When each entity carries out its specific, G‑d-given mission and does not try to encroach on the mission of another created being peace and stability are established.

When is there peace and unity? When one person recognizes the boundaries between himself and another, and thus does not try to take another person's identity. We can find implications to this nowadays.

A gender transition by an operation is prohibited. A person's gender assigned at birth could be determined only by G-d. Changing one's gender through medical procedures conflicts with the Noahide code as it could result in forbidden relations later. Definitions of male and female, are included in the Torah which is the wisdom and will of G-d. Hence the concept of transgender identity, which recognizes a spectrum of gender identities does not exist within the Torah and the 7 Noahide laws.

Not to mention the potential risks and long-term consequences associated with gender surgeries. Such interventions might be hazardous to an individual's physical well-being and it is prohibited to cause damage to the body.

Everyone Uses his unique, G‑d-given gifts to play the role and carry out the mission he or she was destined for from above. But no one can change his mission and the boundaries that He Blessed be He set in His world.

Sources: Likutei Sichos Vol. 18. The The Divine Code Part V Chapter 9.


Rabbi Moshe Bernstein is a writer and a Community Rabbi in Netanya, Israel. He believes in making connections between the Jewish People and the Noahides worldwide in order to share and enhance the knowledge of the Torah's Universal Code for Humanity and fulfill Isaiah's Prophecy 11:9 " And the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the oceans".


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