Who and What is the Real Antidote to Bil’am?

For the PDF Version: פרשתבלק5780אנגלית In our Parashah we read about the gentile prophet Bil’am, who was asked to use his special spiritual powers in order to curse Am Yisrael. In the Gemara (Brachot 7a) we are told that Bil’am was the only one to know the...

Bilaam and the War of Narratives 5779

Bilaam and the War of Narratives Parashat Balak By Rabbi Baruch Winetraub Former Sgan Rosh Bet Medrash in Toronto (2011-2014) Currently Community Rabbi in Tel Mond and  Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion  The story of Balak and Bilaam is unique among the stories in the Torah....

“טוֹב עַיִן – הוּא יְבֹרָך כִּי נָתַן מִלַּחְמוֹ לַדָּל”

הרב אליהו אידלברג שליח לשעבר בוושינגטון (תש“ס-תשס”ד) ראש ישיבת בני עקיבא אורות יהודה   “טוֹב עַיִן – הוּא יְבֹרָך כִּי נָתַן מִלַּחְמוֹ לַדָּל”   הדמות המרכזית בפרשתנו היא הנביא בלעם בן בעור. הנבואה היא פסגה אנושית שבה האדם מצליח לחבר...

The Power of Balaam’s Curse

Shira Sohn Bat Sherut 5776 A student of Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University   The Power of Balaam’s Curse    The place of “dark forces” and magic in the Torah is a complicated one. In Parshat Balak, we encounter a story in which...

To Believe in Myself – 5776

Rav Hillel Van-Leeuwen Educational Director, Mizrachi World Movement   To Believe in Myself At the end of his first blessing, Bilaam says: “Who can count the dust of Jacob, or count the dwellings of Israel; May my soul die an honest death and may my end be...

The Blessing of Being Separate

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City (1996-1999) Between Blesses and Curses: How do we define a blessing and what is a curse? Well, usually good things are seen as a blessing and bad things are called curses. But is it that simple? There is an old...

Bilam and the World of Chesed

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   Bilam, the great prophet of the nations, has prophetic abilities that even Moshe Rabeinu does not possess. This is what Chazal proclaim referring to the pasuk at the end of Devarim: “Ve’lo kam navi ode...

The Significance of the Story of Bilam’s Donkey

I. THE STRUCTURE OF THE PARASHA The plot of this week’s parasha divides logically into two sections. The first part deals with negotiations regarding Bilam’s trip to Moav: first negotiations between Bilam and Balak’s two delegations, and then between...