Numbers 22:2-25:9


In this week’s Torah portion, Balak, the king of Moab, asks Balaam to curse the Israelites after he sees them defeat various nations in battle. Balaam’s donkey sees an angel of God and refuses to move any further. Balaam hits the donkey. God speaks through the mouth of the donkey to tell him not to curse the Israelites. Instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blesses them.

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for Balak

God speaks to Balaam
through his donkey.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

The Word or the Sword?

The Gift of Speech
Adina Gerver, AJWS

Not Seeing is the Sin
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

No & Maybe
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS

No Rest(s) for the Wicked
Rabbi Laurence Edwards, URJ

Distance & Proximity
Julie Appel, AJWS

The Nature of Balaam’s Prophecy
Ilana Stein, Canfei Nesharim


Seeing Their Faces But Not Their Doors
Alana Suskin,


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Spirit Strength
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS 

Open Your Eyes
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Women of Reform Judaism

The Place From Which We Pray
Rabbi Aaron Gruman, Orthodox Union

Balaam Versus Pinhas
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative


Instructed to Curse, Inspired to Bless
Dr. Reuven Kimmelman, CLAL


Family and Fun

Parashat Balak for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Torah Topics for Today


Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Balak Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Balak Challah
Julie Seltzer



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