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Balak

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Balak

Balak: Wisdom from a Smart Ass

How can you help but love a biblical story¬†featuring a talking ass? This week’s Torah portion, Balak, includes such a creature and, as far as I’m concerned, she is the hero of the tale. ¬†Let me explain. The setting is the conquest of the land of Canaan. The Moabite king (Balak, who gives his name […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Balak

Balak: Integrity

In this week’s Torah portion (Numbers 22:2-25:9), an animal speaks for the second and last time in the Bible. In the first instance, a snake worked against God’s interests; this time, a talking donkey supports it. The narrative begins with the Moabite king, Balak, expressing concern about the Israelite’s impending entry into Moab. He sends […]

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