If we look at the narrative of the Torah from a historical perspective, it reveals a very interesting picture. The camp of people spread out in the wilderness was in itself a large city with several million people. Artisans, blacksmiths, and goldsmiths worked there.
People really grew roots as the transition from one place to another took many years. The camp didn’t move from its place as long as the cloud didn’t move. Only then did the people move forward 10-20 kilometers and again stop indefinitely. So the Torah allegorically describes a society in motion: it established a goal and advanced toward it.
Incidentally, during communism, they wanted to create an illusory picture of a bright future; there it was clear that the people were moving toward it. But how was it possible to achieve it? So we see different forces in conflict. However, the struggle was not about power, but about ideology: through which means can you advance towards the goal more effectively?
Question: Wasn’t Korach fighting for power?
Answer: No, all this is talking about holy people related only to bestowal and love only. Otherwise it would not have been written about in the Torah.
All the characters referred to in the Torah give shape to a desire that yearns for only one thing: to be in a state of movement toward bestowal and love, full mutual connection. Therefore, Korach frankly argued that it is possible to leap beyond the following level and adhere to the Creator more quickly with minimal loss and investment.
Everything that happened during those forty years happened from a desire to do good, to increase love. But in the end, all efforts were directed against Moses, regardless of whether they wanted to help him or not. But this was not a power struggle to which we are accustomed to in our lives, and therefore is how we perceive the story.
The Torah just describes everything in physical language, but it is necessary to understand that the people moving through the Sinai means that they were discovering the Creator and were beginning to receive the Upper Light of correction, the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light); they no longer referred to egoism because they were above it, like on a hovercraft. So their calculations were not at all egoistic.
What does it mean that “the ground swallowed them,” “they were burned,” and everything else? These were operations that were being carried out on the egoism that was suddenly discovered in them and needed correction. “Covered by the earth” is already its correction.
Therefore death, leprosy, and things like that were not various kinds of physical processes, but work on the ego. When new external conditions are discovered, we begin to work with them. It cannot be otherwise.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/15