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Balaam: An anti-Semitic gentile necromancer and prophet. Commissioned by Balak, King of Moab, to curse the Israelites. Despite his attempts to comply with Balak's wishes, G-d only allowed blessings to emit from his mouth. He was eventually slain by the Israelites when they destroyed Midian.
The fascinating story of Balak and Balaam’s failed attempts to curse the Jewish people, in which a talking donkey and a sword-wielding angel also take starring roles.
Balaam: A Good Criminal Lawyer?
Rabbi Steinsaltz explores who Balaam is, why Balak chose him, and his place in the archaeological record. How do we reconcile Balaam being a flawed person who also possesses great gifts? And what about the donkey?
Is leadership a set of skills, the ability to summon and command power? Or does it have an essentially moral dimension also?
Gate of Reincarnations: Chapter Twenty-Nine, Section 2a
Even evil that has been separated from good must of necessity contain an element of holy sparks.
Why was this nation immune from G-d's curses and wrath? Let's listen to what our enemy has to say on the matter...
On one side stood Moses, the greatest prophet of all time. On the other side was Balaam, the far-famed soothsayer. At stake was the most critical question in all creation: Does G‑d care about good and evil?
Moses rebukes and Balaam blesses -- sounds wrong, no?
He didn't see what she saw, his job got in the way while hers was much simpler; to carry him on the road
Do we surrender to the anti-truth of arbitrary happenstance, or do we embrace the divine calling of purposeful engagement? The difference looks a lot smaller than it is
On the one hand, he’s declared to be nothing less than the equal of Abraham (in passion) and Moses (in prophecy); on the other, he’s described as the most perverse, greedy and corrupt human being ever to walk the face of the earth!
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