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Letters and Numbers of Torah - Balak

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Grab a Mitzvah: Letters and Numbers of Torah - Balak

One of the praises that Bilam says of the Jews is: (Numbers 23:24) "Behold, a people that rises like a lioness and raises itself like a lion." Rashi explains: "When [the Jewish people] awaken from their sleep... they show the vigor of a lioness and a lion in grasping mitzvahs." What is the connection between this week's portion and the Festival of Liberation of 12-13 Tammuz? How is this connected to the two letters 'hei' and 'nun'?
Chukat-Balak, Tammuz 12-13, Nun, Hey, Balak, Parshah

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Rishona Baruch Lordsburg, NM June 19, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful teachings! Reply

Rabbi Raskin looks at the hidden meanings of the sizes and numerical values (gematria) of the Hebrew letters in the weekly Torah portion.
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