Weekly Torah Portion: Balak

Rabbi Chaim Richman

Judaism Temple Instittute (Ark)
Temple Instittute (Ark)

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.

As our sages teach us, he 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.