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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 (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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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

While looking for this week’s jokes, I saw a description of Balak, King of Moab, as “a few noodles short of a kugel.”  Not very bright.  He’s in a panic after hearing about the Israelites’ recent, nearby military victories, and … Continue reading

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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

I really should be sleeping. I have a 6AM flight to San Francisco tomorrow morning (yes, retirees get vacation too).  I will not be back in time to send out TPH – Balak next week, so you’re getting it now.  … Continue reading

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