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Balak: answering our inner angel

“They are too numerous for me. Perhaps I can defeat them and drive them off the land.” (Num 22:6) This comes from the mouth of Balak, King of Moab, in this week’s parasha named for him. The two main characters … Continue reading

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Balak: Blessings from outside the camp

The story of Balak and Balaam is one of the few parashiot (Torah portions) that are named after non-Israelites.  It’s a strange one, to be sure.  Right in the middle of the wilderness, we get our own version of Shrek. … Continue reading

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Balak: Tents neither lovely nor fair

The deadline approaches and I must turn to the keyboard to write.  I must write even though my heart is so heavy, so burdened with sadness and confusion, pain and frustration.  And I’m supposed to find something in the thousands … Continue reading

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Balak: There sure are a lot of those guys

No one likes to be in the minority.  Least of all, rulers.  They get antsy. “Moab was alarmed because that people was so numerous” (Num 22:3)  Moab was a country outside of the Land, in modern-day south-west Jordan.  Relations between … Continue reading

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Balak: Priests and Prophets

Well, here’s an odd little story in the middle of the wilderness. There’s this non-Israelite king (one of the “bad” guys) who is going up against the Israelites in battle, and to ensure victory, he seeks out what apparently was … Continue reading

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Balak: the message and the messenger

 A story: “There’s a group out there, they’re real competition, and they’re growing.  I don’t like it.” “I know a guy.  He’s good, he’s proven, and when he takes on a competitor,  he takes them down.”   “Great.  Bring him in.  … Continue reading

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