Balak

Parshat Balak: The Wind that Leads in the Desert

Neveh Shmuel Principal Chezi Zecharia

Parshat Balak: The Wind that Leads in the Desert Bilaam is fortunate enough to experience divine revelation and “walk on air” for a few moments, and it is this spirit that lifts him out of the muck in which he had wallowed. However, he misses his opportunity. Chezi Zecharia, Principal of OTS’s Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Balak 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “There is no sorcery for Jacob, there is no magic for Israel.” (Numbers 23:23) What is the true message of an entire Torah portion dedicated to the hiring of a gentile soothsayer to curse the Israelite nation – but who instead becomes inspired to …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Balak 5778

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) Rabbi David Stav Fearing an Israelite takeover of Moabite territory should the People of Israel pass through his realm, King Balak of Moab summons the prophet (and idolatrous wizard) Balaam and asks him to curse the Jewish people. Try as he might, Balaam proves unable to do the king’s bidding, and the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5778

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “I see it but not now; I look at it, but it is not near. A star has stepped forth from Jacob and a scepter-bearer has risen from Israel; will pierce and vanquish the nobles of Moab….” (Num. 24:17). The interaction of Jew and …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5777

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “My nation, remember what Balak the king of Moab advised and what Bil’am the son of Be’or…answered him in order that you may know the compassionate righteousness of the Lord” Who, or what, defines Israel, and why does it matter? If deeply concerning trends continue in …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Balak 5777

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Balak contains one of the most colorful stories in the Torah – one that seems to have been quoted right out of contemporary headlines. The People of Israel are now in the fortieth year of their long journey in the desert, and are about to enter the …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Balak 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel: “‘G-d said to Balaam, ‘You shall not go with them; you shall not curse this nation because it is blessed’” (Numbers 22:12) The Balaam/Balak episode in this week’s portion naturally leads us to a discussion of the relationship between G-d’s will and our own. We have free …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel: “‘G-d said to Balaam, ‘You shall not go with them; you shall not curse this nation because it is blessed’” (Numbers 22:12) The Balaam/Balak episode in this week’s portion naturally leads us to a discussion of the relationship between G-d’s will and our own. We have free …

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