Posts tagged Balaam

Balak (King of Moab)

Balak

Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 In Balak we encounter the strange story of Balaam, the sorcerer, and his talking donkey/ass. However, we learn that the story can take on added meaning if we change the ending. This week, while researching for these comments, I came across an article focusing on Ballam’s treatment of his donkey/she-ass. It […]

Balak – Torah In Haiku

Balak

An angel of God … Seen by the talking donkey … But not by Balaam — Torah stories don’t get much stranger than this week’s tale of Balak, King of Moab, who calls upon Balaam, a non-Jewish prophet, to curse the Israelites. This one includes a talking donkey, a prophet unable to see an angel […]

Balak (King of Moab)

Balak

Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 Balaam, a noted gentile prophet in the time of Moses, is asked to curse the Israelite people so they will not be successful in potential conflicts. However, because of God’s power, he can only offer the words which God places in his mouth – words of praise and blessing. These blessings […]

Balak – Torah In Haiku

Tents of Israelites

Some familiar words … The start of a morning prayer … Spoken by Balaam —- The opening verse of Mah Tovu, part of the morning worship service, can be found in this week’s portion. Balaam is hired to curse Israel, but can only speak words of praise – “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, […]

Balak (King of Moab)

Balaam's view of Israel

Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 The time – 40 years after the Exodus from Egypt….. The location – Outside of the Israelite camp…. For the first time we view the Israelite people as others see them…. A powerful people to be feared. “Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.” Moab was alarmed […]

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