IMPORTANT: In Israel, we already read and studied the weekly Torah section called Korach this past week. For those of you outside of Israel who want, here is the link to our Korach Magazine (click here).
And please save this link (click here) for next week when you will be reading Chukat.

* This Wednesday night - Thursday (3 Tammuz) coincides with the 29th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, a profound student and teacher of Kabbalah, in additional to his many better known accomplishments; a pair of teachings from him on life in the Era of Mashiach are in the first two articles, and three more (#5-7) are from him (Korach, Avot) or about him (Story), respectively.

* A much older anniversary (2472 years!) occurs two days later on Shabbat. The 5th of Tammuz is the date the prophet Ezekiel had his famous prophetic vision of the "Divine Chariot," which we read as the Haftorah portion on Shavuot and upon which certain areas of study in Kabbalah are based.

* Article #3 presents what was considered a prerequisite for prophecy according to the Rambam ('Maimonides')

* The 6th article is for the fourth chapter of Pirkei Avot, for those who continue to study it on Shabbat afternoons throughout the summer.