Balak: A Moment of Anger

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What power did Bil’am have to curse? Our Sages say: Bil’am knew how to identify the moment at which God is angry, as is written,

Q&A: How does a Sorcerer Know he is on...

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Q: I understand that God rewards even those people who practice idolatry, magic and such in order to give man freedom of choice.  This is

A Nation that Dwells Alone (and an interest...

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The last verse in the haftarah (the weekly reading from the Prophets) of parashat Balak reads (Michah 6:8), “It has been told to you, man,

Messianic Transportation: Cloud or Donkey? ...

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The yahrzeit (day of passing) of the holy Rabbi Chaim ben Atar, also known as the Or Hachaim, is on the 15th of Tammuz. In

Parshat Balak: Taming the Donkey and the Sn...

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Audio This article is based on a recorded lecture. You can listen to the lecture by clicking here or here . Animals that Speak One of the

Parashat Balak: Turning a Curse into a Bles...

Jul 06, 2012No Comments

In this week’s Torah portion we read how Balak, King of Moab, hired Balaam, an expert sorcerer, to curse the Jewish people, in an attempt

Time-Warped Vision

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

Some people live out their lives as if they were in a movie. Balaam tried to cut the movie in-between frames Balak was the Moabite

A living movie

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Instantaneous vision The sages teach us that Balaam could capture the one instant in the day when God is wrathful. When Balaam succeeded in cursing

The secret of peace

May 11, 20122 Comments

Life is worthless without peace In the Torah portion of Behar, we read that as a consequence of observing the sabbatical and jubilee years, God’s