Balak

Don’t look back in anger

The gemarra (Brachos 7a) writes that Bilam knew the exact minute fraction of a second that HaShem gets angry each day. It was at this point that Bilam would utter his curse, which would normally thus ‘work’ to pour damage upon the subject of his curse. However, when it came…

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Never say die

The first time that Bilam attempts to curse Bnei Yisrael and instead blesses them, he asks ‘may my soul die the death of righteous (yesharim) people’ (23:10). As the Sforno explains, Bilam was asking to die a death which would allow him to receive reward in the Next World. It…

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Balak

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Divine Kindness

Parshas Balak; Behind our Backs : The basic outline of the main part of our sedra is that Balak hires a prophet/ professional ‘curser’ called Bilam, to curse the Bnei Yisrael. However, after several failed attempts at cursing, Bnei Yisrael are blessed by Bilam, and the danger is averted. Indeed,…

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Rav Moshe: Mah Tovu....

Shteit the posuk: "Mah Tovu Ohalecha Yaakov"
Regarding this Posuk, Two gemaros offer contradictory explanations about what the brocha refers to. The gemara in Bava Basra (60a) says that this refers to the wonderful homes of Bnei Yisroel whose doors do not directly face each other and are the epitome…

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A Hidden Message to the donkey's Escapades

The Psukim state that Bilam's Donkey went off track three times. The Daas Zekeinim says that Rashi says that these ventures were a Siman of the Avos, and he explains these enigmatic words as follows.
The first time when the Malach blocked the donkey's path it veered off to the…

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undercover angels of mercy

This point is an insight Rav Pam said regarding the particular incident with the sword-bearing angel who came to obstruct Bilam. What was the identity of this angel? Rashi (22;22) cites a midrash which says he was the angel of mercy (‘malach shel rachamim haya’), and was coming to prevent…

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