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Parshat Balak

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Balak: Stolen waters taste sweet

When you have a choice between doing something self-serving and a good deed, it is human nature to salivate over the self-serving deed.

Balak: Stolen waters taste sweet

Zechor na - We must always remember Bilaam's real intentions

From Bilaam to the UN, we have been cursed and slandered by eloquent talking heads. When Micah said "remember" he meant in the future.

Zechor na - We must always remember Bilaam's real intentions

Balak: Sweet dreams

Torah from Israel's first Ashkeniazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah Sage and undisputed leader of Religious Zionism.

Balak: Sweet dreams

The source of blessing

Balaam arrives at an astounding conclusion despitie his arrogance. How different are the words about him from those about Abraham!

The source of blessing

Ya’akov and Yisrael – two levels

The quality of “Ya’akov” allows us to survive suffering, that of “Yisrael” allows us to reach the level in which we can declare God’s name.

Ya’akov and Yisrael – two levels

A very pessimistic man

There are people whose profession is a form of 'cursing'. They are very talented and clever people- whose message is that life is bad.

A very pessimistic man

You May Need (Israel) Glasses (Balak 2020)

Baruch Gordon looks into this week's Torah reading of Balak to explain the importance of seeing the Land of Israel with a positive outlook.

You May Need (Israel) Glasses (Balak 2020)

The Obscenity of Political Correctness

Parashat Balak, the BDS movement and the roots of anti-Semitism: Bilaam in the guise of a university professor.

The Obscenity of Political Correctness: What Beheadings?