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Rabbi Chaim Richman,

Rabbi Chaim Richman
Rabbi Chaim Richman

Bilaam, the heathen prophet and curser for hire, whose motto was "anything you can do, I can do badder," was the negative twin of Moshe, and as our sages teach us, was the exact opposite of our father Avraham.

Avraham, referred to by G-d as "my love," was a righteous man of loving kindness who sought peace and friendship in the world.

Bilaam was a disgruntled evil-doer, who sought to increase anger and strife in the world, a destroyer of all that is good.