Korach And Parsha Names

23 Jun

When I was a kid, I was always curious why the meforshim on the Chumash sometimes used different names for the parshios. They called Acharei Mos, “Acharei”, and Teztaveh was “Veatah tetzaveh”. When did the names we use become standard?

Well, I don’t know exactly when that got hammered down, but one thing I do know is that all the questions of why certain parshios are named the way they are, are most probably baseless. The parshios got their names based on the words in the beginning that can be used to distinguish one parsha from another. Why is Korach named after a bad person? Because the parsha starts with “Vayikach korach” and since “korach” is more memorable than “vayikach”, being a major theme in the parsha and all that, we call it that. Shoyn.

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2 Responses to “Korach And Parsha Names”

  1. Anonymous June 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    there are many sichos from the lubavitcher rebbe on why each parsha has it’s name davka, the’re all collected nicely and translated in the gutnick chumash by kol menachem

    • itchemeyer June 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      Listen, I’m sure they’re great. The L’ Rebbe was smart and has awesome stuff. I think that my take on the subject is more accurate though. Go through the parshios yourself and see if my theory holds up. I checked like 30 of them.

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