Balak

Balak: A Moment of Anger

Jul 05, 2022Comments off

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,

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

Jul 18, 2019Comments off

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,

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

A living movie

Jun 20, 20131 Comment

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

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