Personal Interests by Michael Winner/7/8/2016 One of the toughest things about living here in the summer is that you have nowhere to go.After Tisha B’Av, there is a three-week break. Everybody has family to go to or to come to them. We don’t. In the past, we were able to meet up with friends and stay over and visa-versa, but since the family sizes are growing and the ages are getting older, it’s become hard to do that. Plus, not having a car in the north, makes it even more difficult. So, this week we purchased an above-ground 4.5x2.2x0.84 meter pool which fits perfectly in the back. We have to watch the kids constantly, but we’re hoping that they plan on living in it throughout the summer. I personally will have to wait until after Tisha B’Av before going in, since I don’t have the time now, but I feel, I will be banished there as well for most of each day.I can think of worse things, I guess.A friend of mine told me a nice piece on this week’s parsha.As well all know and remember, during the forty years in the desert, mun fell every morning and was used as food for the entire nation. Where the mun fell for each person was dependent on who that person was. A tzaddik would have his mun ‘home-delivered’, he would just have to open up the door and it would be there. Somebody on the other hand end of the spectrum would have to walk quite a distance to get his.So the question comes up… what happened with Korach. Korach started out pretty well for himself. He was on a high spiritual level and then sunk (literally) to a very low level. During the time that he was planning and executing his rebellion against Moshe, the mun must have slowly moved farther and farther away from his home. If that was the case, did Korach not notice this? And most importantly, why didn’t he realize the clear sign that he was in the wrong?The answer lies with the fact that since Korach was personally involved, he interpreted these signs according to how HE wanted to understand them. He figured that since his rebellion was really a mitzvah, the fact that the mun was moving farther away from him meant that he was not applying himself fully in the execution of the mitzvah. He simply needed to work HARDER to overthrow Moshe!Here we see the importance of pulling oneself away from having personal interest when it comes down to decisions, whether halachic or hashkafic (Torah thought). When a person has an interest in the manner he will do his best to twist things around to fit his viewpoint. That is why it is best to have somebody (rav or rebbetzin) to go to who will be able to listen and understand any questions and can guide you without that personal interest getting in the way.Have a great Shabbos!