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Balak Audio Classes

Parshah Insight: Balak
A five minute weekly Torah insight based on the wellsprings of Torah and Chassidut.
Parshah Thought: Balak
A five minute weekly Torah thought based on the teachings of Chassidut.
The Chassidic Dimension - Balak
An in depth presentation of Chassidic teachings on the weekly Parshah.
Kabbalah on the Bible: Balak
Examining the weekly Torah reading through the lens of contemporary commentary, showing how topical and relevant the parshah's ideas really are.
Balak
An advanced presentation of Chassidic teachings on the Parshah.
Parshah Class: Balak
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Parshah Class: Balak
Get a detailed overview of the weekly Torah portion sewn together with keen insights and timely life messages.
Chumash and Rashi: Balak
Parshah with Rabbi Gordon
Moshiach’s Triple Dimension
A deeper look at Maimonides’ three biblical sources for Moshiach (Laws of Kings, ch.11) sheds light on the three elements of the Messianic Era.
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?
Balak - In Depth
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Balak - In Depth
An in depth look at the weekly Parshah based on the talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
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?
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.
Parsha Gems: Balak
Audio | 1:00:26
Parsha Gems: Balak
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Balaam's
Torah Portion of Balak
An in-depth analysis of some of the most unusual prophecies ever known to humankind!
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.
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?
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