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Parashat Balak – July 5, 2014

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Parashat Balak

7 Tammuz, 5774/July 5, 2014
Triennial Cycle Year I: Numbers 22:2-38
Etz Ḥayim Ḥumash, page 894
Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8, page 914

  1. (22:2-7) Balak, King of Moab, invites Balaam, who has the power to bless and curse, to help him by cursing the Israelites.
  2. (22:8-20) Balak’s messengers deliver his proposal to Balaam, who tells them he must consult with God before he can decide. God first tells him not to go. Balak sends a second delegation, whom Balaam also refuses. God tells Balaam that he may go, but whatever I command you, that shall you do.
  3. (22:21-38) Balaam sets out riding his donkey. On the way, an angel of the Lord appears. He does not see it, but his donkey does, and refuses to move. Balaam beats it to force it to go on. After being beaten three times, the donkey speaks, complaining of this ill treatment. God then opens Balaam’s eyes so that he sees the angel, who also rebukes Balaam for beating the donkey. Balaam offers to turn back. The angel tells him to go, but warns him again only to say what God tells him. Balak meets Balaam at the border, and tells him that he can only utter the word that God puts into my mouth.


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