Balak: The wisdom of the common man

Original insights on the parasha from one of Israel's most popular English-speaking rabbis.

Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, | updated: 15:01

Judaism Rabbi Shalom Gold
Rabbi Shalom Gold
Yoni Kempinski

The parsha seems a bit strange. Here is a king of Moab fearing for his existence who decides to protect them using an unconventional method. 

He sends messages to Balaam and negotiations begin. Balaam plays hard to get, then he finally goes and then the donkey talks, it seems hilarious - but what is really going on beneath the surface?