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Parashat Balak – Wisdom Isn’t Everything

…וַיִּשְׁלַח מַלְאָכִים אֶל בִּלְעָם בֶּן בְּעֹר [Balak] sent messengers to Bilam the son of Beor… – Balak, king of Moav, had a problem on his hands. The Jews were near his land, and while they posed no threat, his nation was disgusted by Jews. He knew he’d have no chance in battle with them, so...

Parashat Balak – Listening For The Proper Message

מֵאֵן ה’ לְתִתִּי לַהֲלֹךְ עִמָּכֶם “…Hashem has refused to let me go with you.” – Balak, king of Moav, was afraid of the Jews, yet wanted to battle them. He decided to hire Bil’am, a non-Jewish prophet, to curse the Jewish nation, something he had been successful with in the past. Balak sent high ranking...

Parashat Balak – Hashem’s Protection

לֹא אוּכַל לַעֲבֹר אֶת פִּי ה’ אֱ-לֹהָי לַעֲשׂוֹת קְטַנָּה אוֹ גְדוֹלָה I cannot transgress the word of Hashem, my God, whether to do anything small or large. ‘מָה אֶקֹּב לֹא קַבֹּה אֵ-ל וּמָה אֶזְעֹם לֹא זָעַם ה How can I curse whom God has not cursed, and how can I invoke wrath if Hashem has not been...

Parashat Balak – A Different Kind Of Nation

הֶן עָם לְבָדָד יִשְׁכֹּן וּבַגּוֹיִם לֹא יִתְחַשָּׁב It is a people that will dwell alone, and will not be reckoned among the nations. – Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman hy”d was well known as a man of truth. He was often forced to leave his town of Baranovitch, where he was a Rosh Yeshiva, to collect money for...

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