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The portion of Balak tells us how Balaam set out to curse the Jewish people, but instead, he blessed them. He said, "For from their beginning, I see them as mountain peaks and I behold them as hills." Numbers 23:9. The Midrash Midrash Rabbah 20:19, Tanchu...
Instead of pouring his fear out and onto his people, Moses strapped on a face of calm and fortitude, and went around tranquilly planting seeds of serenity in the Israelite camp...
Balak was having a bad day. The Moab State Department has just sent him a memo that two mighty kings in the region had being defeated and killed by the invading Hebrews. Consumed with panic, he called a press conference...
Balaam blessed the Jews, praising the "goodliness of their tents." What was the malicious intent behind these words?
Moses rebukes and Balaam blesses -- sounds wrong, no?
Do not look into your neighbor’s tent to help decide what you should be doing. Your decisions in life should not be based on what other people are, or are not, doing.
Balaam is numbered by the rabbis as one of only four non-royals mentioned in the Tanach who are denied a share in the World to Come.2 Why then did G‑d choose that Israel be blessed by Balaam?
For an informed reading of Micah 5:6–6:8
G‑d is aggravated. The Jews seemed to totally forget the kindness G‑d had showed them throughout their history.
On what basis did Pinchas kill the offenders?
What attraction could the idol Peor, and the particularly repulsive rituals associated with it, possibly hold for the Israelites who succumbed to its influence?
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