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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

This is a very odd Torah portion.  It’s one of a handful named for a non-Israelite and its featured character is another non-Israelite.  The Israelites do not appear until the last nine verses, (spoiler alert) which relate an episode of … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

(Singing) “Summertime, and I don’t feel like writing.”  Comments are from June 25, 2010 . Stay cool. Last week: life, death, purity and impurity, despair and hope.  This week: a frightened king, a puffed-up sorcerer, and a talking ass (literal, not … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  This week’s and the next two weeks’ Torah portions contain the bulk of the laws in Deuteronomy.  The overall theme in Re’eh is summarized in the first few verses, 11:26-28: 26 See, this day I set before you a blessing … Continue reading

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Balak (Num. 22:2 – 25:9)

Balak is an odd Torah portion.  Except for the last 9 verses, it’s as if, now that we’re on the banks of the Jordan, we can stop for a bit of entertainment.  The Israelites aren’t even participants for three whole … Continue reading

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