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This prayer is the quintessential Jewish declaration of faith.

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In this 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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Parashat Balak

Numbers 22:2 - 25:9

Micah 5:6 - 6:8

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