Shabbat Parashat Balak| 5767
Balak | | 01/01/2006
In the midst of Bilam’s struggle to harm Bnei Yisrael, an episode transpired that seems more comical than profound. Bilam’s progress was stymied when an angel holding a sword intimidated his donkey. Bilam lost an argument on the matter with his suddenly verbal animal. Hashem allowed Bilam to continue on his mission. What then were the purpose and lesson of the break in Bilam’s journey?
Case: The defendant wanted to buy a motorcycle from the plaintiff. During a test-drive the gas pedal broke. Who is obligated to pay to fix it?
In our parasha, the Torah introduces one of the Jewish people’s classical enemies, the evil Bilam, the archetype of the most dangerous kind of our enemies.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.
Hemdat Yamim is also dedicated by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z"l.
May their memory be a blessing!
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).