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Chukat-Balak in Three Minutes
The Week In Rejew
Jono makes jokes, get struck by lightning, and figures out how to mute G-fish. Watch, laugh, and maybe drink a soda?
What Do Anti-Semites Have to Offer?
Anti-Semitism is a powerful, negative, thoroughly unholy phenomenon. Stripped of its negativity, however, its raw power can be used in the service of holiness.
The Secret of Jewish Survival
From dark challenges to blessing and light
Pause, Reflect, and Examine
Growing Weekly: Parshat Balak
Balaam seems to have responded irrationally to G-d out of hate, yet at times we may possess similar negative reactions on a subtle level.
Believing in Moshiach
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Believing in Moshiach
Practical Parshah - Balak
This portion contains poetic references to the coming of Moshiach. What is the obligation to believe in the coming of Moshiach?
Torah Portion of Balak
An in-depth analysis of some of the most unusual prophecies ever known to humankind!
Parsha Gems: Balak
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Parsha Gems: Balak
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Balak
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Balak
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Balak contains 104 verses, and the mnemonic for it is the name Manoach. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Uncovering Our “Goodly Tents”
Parsha Curiosities: Balak
Balaam’s famous prophetic words “Ma Tovu” occupy a unique place of prominence in the Hebrew Scriptures, our daily prayers and Jewish liturgical compositions. Oftentimes even emblazoned on Holy Ark’s and Synagogue facades, they clearly contain many marvelous mysteries and secrets. Following a general intro, we initiate analysis of Rashi’s seemingly lackluster elucidation, which leads us into a journey of profound discovery as we mine the verse to reveal dynamic dimensions of insight. In the end, our return to the primary port of departure resonates with timely and relevant guidance about the singular importance of modesty in our modern age of hyper-promiscuity.
G-d Loves Us More Than We Realize
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Balaam’s blessing
When Balaam, the greatest gentile prophet attempts to curse the Jewish nation, G-d inspires him to bless us instead. Rashi identifies a nuance in the wording he uses, which illustrates just how deeply G-d cares for His chosen people.
Learning the Haftorah: Balak
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Why Is Evil So Powerful?
A Taste of Text—Balak
The face evil presents to us is powerful and compelling. But in essence it is an illusion.
No Words of Their Own
Bilam, a non-Jewish prophet, was summoned by the King of Moab to curse the Jewish people. He consented to go, but warned him that he can do nothing and say nothing outside of what G-d instructs him. In the end, Bilam prophesied the future glory of the Jewish people instead.
A Modest People
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A Modest People
The fashion and glamor of the wider world can look most alluring. Why, the logic goes, should I stand out like a sore thumb among the rest of society? To that end, dressing in a way that is different to that of the society around us can be a real challenge.
Be Your Best Ally, Not Worst Enemy
Parshat Balak
In moments of self-doubt, when you feel dejected or worthless, here’s how to transform your negative self-talk.
Torah in Ten: Balak
The Strength of Our Voice
Something Spiritual on Parshat Balak
Moshiach and Every Individual Jew
Something Spiritual on Parshat Balak
Ballam’s prophecies that a “shooting star will come forth from Jacob”. The shooting star refers to either Moshiach or to every Jew, yet they are deeply connected.
Grab a Mitzvah
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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'?
Freewill vs. Predetermination
How to Study Torah - Balak
When King Balak hired the evil prophet Bilam to curse the Jews, G-d told Bilam, (Bamidbar 22:12) "Do not curse the nation for they are blessed." But when Balak sent more officers to ask Bilaam again, he told them, (22:19) "Stay here tonight, and I will know if G-d wants to say anything more to me." Why didn't Bilam answer that G-d had already told him not to go? Furthermore, why did G-d eventually allow Bilam to accept the task of cursing the Jews after having previously warned him not to?
The Blessing of
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The Blessing of "Ma Tovu"
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Ma Tovu
The wicked Balaam wished to curse the Jews, but when he saw the Jewish camp, he simply had to bless us. What was it that he saw?
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?
The Two Messiahs
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The Two Messiahs
The prophet Balaam who tried to curse the Jewish people, instead blesses them with incredible blessings. Maimonides points out how Balaam prophesies of two Messiahs, King David and King Messiah.
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Balak: 7th Portion
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