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BALAK – Shabbat Video Commentary

Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 || Micah 5,6 – 6,8

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Bilaam, the heathen prophet and curser for hire, whose motto was „anything you can do, I can do badder,“ was the negative twin of Moshe, and as our sages teach us, was the exact opposite of our father Avraham. Avraham, referred to by G-d as „my love,“ was a righteous man of loving kindness who sought peace and friendship in the world. Bilaam was a disgruntled evil-doer, who sought to increase anger and strife in the world, a destroyer of all that is good»…more:

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Shabbat BALAK Video-Commentary

Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 || Micha 5:6 – 6:8

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Bilaam, the heathen prophet and curser for hire, whose motto was „anything you can do, I can do badder,“ was the negative twin of Moshe, and as our sages teach us, was the exact opposite of our father Avraham. Avraham, referred to by G-d as „my love,“ was a righteous man of loving kindness who sought peace and friendship in the world. Bilaam was a disgruntled evil-doer, who sought to increase anger and strife in the world, a destroyer of all that is good»…more:


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Israel: PINCHAS – Galut: BALAK Readings

Israel: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1)

Galut: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9):
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

»What was it about the nation of Israel, perched on the east bank of the Jordan river, just weeks away from entering the land, that so terrified Balak and Bilaam and the rest of the players and power brokers that made up the nations of the world? Was it an impending ‚occupation‘? ‚Apartheid‘? ‚Human rights abuses‘? No! No! and No! It was something much more threatening to the status quo that ruled the world back then, and even more so today. «…more:

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Israel: Balak – Galut: Chukat Readings

Israel: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

Galut: Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1):
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

»The red heifer is the symbol of the reality of life, as opposed to the illusion of death that can grip us and render us unfit to stand in the presence of the Shechinah which fills the Holy Temple and its courtyards. The lives of Moshe, Aharon and Miriam, whose deaths occur or are foretold in this week’s parasha, are emblematic of the message of the red heifer, whose power transcends life and defies human comprehension«…more:

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Parashat Shabbat BALAK Readings and Video Commentary

Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 || Micha 5:6 – 6:8

 

    Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

      »They struck terror in the hearts of Balak and Moav. They threatened to „lick up the earth like an ox licks up the green fields.“ Their very presence signified the end of the old order, their very existence augured a change in the way things are. Why? Because „they have covered the „eye“ of the land, and they are stationed opposite me.“ Who is this frightful ‚horde‘? Meet the „assembly“ of Israel, „a people [that] has come out of Egypt!“« …more:

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Parashat Shabbat Balak Readings and Video Commentary

Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 || Haftara: Micha 5:6

Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

    „Three times the heathen prophet Bilaam tried to curse Israel and three times he blessed Israel. Three times Bilaam tried to employ his dark arts against Israel and three times his words bespoke the purity of Israel. Three times Bilaam tried to destroy Israel and three times his words revealed the secret of Israel’s eternal life.

    We have just buried three pure souls, three young Jews, Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, stolen and murdered by vile Muslim terrorists, who sought to break and crush and destroy Israel. These three pure souls who embody the very best in Israel, will live forever, three beacons revealing the strength and unity of Israel, the victory of good over evil“, more:

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Shabbat Balak – Obama-Merkel Israel-homosexuality-curse and antisemitism Germany 2013

Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micha 5:6-6:8

Commentary by Eric Martienssen:

One year and a month ago the prosecution of Jews was officially re-allowed in Germany by court.

It all started from the Protestant (Lutheran) side quite innocently in the 16th Century when Martin Luther called the German Christians in several books, to destroy the Jews and burn their synagogues. Today, Luther therefore is publicly celebrated again with a ten-year-long celebration of Germany that will culminate in a Celebration of the Lutheran Church of Germany in year 2017 … The ban on ritual circumcision or religious circumcision (Brit Mila) is making life as Jew punishable in Germany again – nowerdays! Practically it was impossible to live Judaism in Germany – again. But where were the very beginnings of antisemitism that – again – was approved by German Holocaust till 1945 and is now re-approved in Germany today? All the more than on June 19, 2013, the Muslim US-President Barack Hussein Obama had been in Germany here to close ranks with the Lutheran pastor’s daughter Angela Merkel urging the Judeo-Christian homosexual spirit. (If you can read German see article „Schabbat Balak – homosexueller Merkel-Judensegen oder Obamas Israelfluch Gottes“ on our German website.) This question goes to the comment „Balak“ by Rabbi Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:


„There is nothing new under the sun, and that goes for the „new“ antisemitism, and the „international community’s“ exasperation with Israel’s obsession with such petty issues as sovereignty, security, viability and her continued existence as a free and independent people in their own land. Many years ago the long-time enemies of Moav, (led by Balak ) and Midian, (represented by Bilaam ), joined forces to try to erase their mutual enemy Israel. The urbane and cosmopolitan Bilaam was called in to put a politically correct face on the viciously antisemitic diatribe they were espousing“ …more? watch video commentary:

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Balak Shabbat Readings and Commentary

Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micha 5:6-6:8
by Michael Schneider, Jerusalem

Commentary:
We read in our weekly Torah portion about Balak, king of Moab, who was frightened by thevictorious people of Israel after they defeated the mighty Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. (Both of these battles are still remembered in daily Jewish prayers!)

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Two weeks ago the prosecution of Jews was officially re-allowed in Germany by court.

It all started from the Protestant (Lutheran) side quite innocently in the 16th Century when Martin Luther called the German Christians in several books, to destroy the Jews and burn their synagogues. Today, Luther therefore is publicly celebrated again with a ten-year-long celebration of Germany that will culminate in a Celebration of the Lutheran Church of Germany in year 2017 … The ban on ritual circumcision or religious circumcision (Brit Mila) is making life as Jew punishable in Germany again – today! Practically it is impossible to live Judaism again in Germany. But where were the very beginnings of antisemitism that – again – was approved by German Holocaust till 1945 and is now re-approved in Germany today? This question goes to this comment „Balak“ by Rabbi Richman.

Video-Commenatry of Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

Balak turned to spiritual powers for help: He called upon Balaam, a known seer, to curse Israel! We see that at first Balaam resisted the demands of the king, wanting to obey God. The king sent first messengers then princes to persuade him. God saw Balaam’s heart grow increasingly weak so He allowed him to go: “Rise up and go with them” (22:20). Balaam waited for the ‘green light’ from God. We read how quickly the next morning he packed his donkey and went.

God used the situation to demonstrate that he can use anyone to proclaim His word, even through a talking donkey.
Later we see that instead of a cursing, Balak had to listen to a blessing on Israel (23:11 and 25) three times. He, like Pharaoh, did not give up easily and it became a power struggle between a human ruler and the “still unknown” God of Israel.
“Blessed is everyone who blesses you (Israel), and cursed is everyone who curses you.“ (24:9) However, the story shows us, that the Jewish people are the most cursed people in all history! The United Nations has passed more resolutions condemning Israel than against all other nations put together including Iraq! Of the 175 resolutions of the UN Security Council, 97 were against Israel! (figures 2006)

On the other hand, people, companies and individuals are blessed because they bless Israel whether through practical and financial help or prayer. Yes, this formula still holds good.

A classic example is seen in the history of the two parts of Germany before the reunification. East Germany (GDR) did not want to acknowledge their guilt towards the Jewish people, but West Germany did. Even the Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of West Germany ordered in 1965 compensation payments to Holocaust survivors. The blessing and the curse were obvious: West Germany prospered and became an economic super-power, while the GDR simply did not progress for a period of 40 years. Yes, we are speaking about the same “hard-working” Germans. Just look at the United States, which stands on Israel’s side most of the time and has been blessed for that.
One of Balaam’s blessings even became the introduction of a prayer: “How fair are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel” (24:5).

Let it be a word of comfort to us: God can change any ordered and planned curse into a blessing!
Shabbat Shalom !

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Shabbat BALAK Readings and Commentaries

Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8
by Michael Schneider, Jerusalem

Commentary:
We read in our weekly Torah portion about Balak, king of Moab, who was frightened by thevictorious people of Israel after they defeated the mighty Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. (Both of these battles are still remembered in daily Jewish prayers!)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insert of the GSI editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Video-Commenatry of Rabbi chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
„There is nothing new under the sun,“ and that goes for the „new“ antisemitism, and the „international community’s“ exasperation with Israel’s obsession with such petty issues as sovereignty, security, viability and her continued existence as a free and independent people in their own land. Many years ago the long-time enemies of Moav, (led by Balak ) and Midian, (represented by Bilaam ), joined forces to try to erase their mutual enemy Israel. The urbane and cosmopolitan Bilaam was called in to put a politically correct face on the viciously antisemitic diatribe they were espousing…

Balak turned to spiritual powers for help: He called upon Balaam, a known seer, to curse Israel! We see that at first Balaam resisted the demands of the king, wanting to obey God. The king sent first messengers then princes to persuade him. God saw Balaam’s heart grow increasingly weak so He allowed him to go: “Rise up and go with them” (22:20). Balaam waited for the ‘green light’ from God. We read how quickly the next morning he packed his donkey and went.

God used the situation to demonstrate that he can use anyone to proclaim His word, even through a talking donkey.
Later we see that instead of a cursing, Balak had to listen to a blessing on Israel (23:11 and 25) three times. He, like Pharaoh, did not give up easily and it became a power struggle between a human ruler and the “still unknown” God of Israel.
“Blessed is everyone who blesses you (Israel), and cursed is everyone who curses you.“ (24:9) However, the story shows us, that the Jewish people are the most cursed people in all history! The United Nations has passed more resolutions condemning Israel than against all other nations put together including Iraq! Of the 175 resolutions of the UN Security Council, 97 were against Israel! (figures 2006)

On the other hand, people, companies and individuals are blessed because they bless Israel whether through practical and financial help or prayer. Yes, this formula still holds good.

A classic example is seen in the history of the two parts of Germany before the reunification. East Germany (GDR) did not want to acknowledge their guilt towards the Jewish people, but West Germany did. Even the Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of West Germany ordered in 1965 compensation payments to Holocaust survivors. The blessing and the curse were obvious: West Germany prospered and became an economic super-power, while the GDR simply did not progress for a period of 40 years. Yes, we are speaking about the same “hard-working” Germans. Just look at the United States, which stands on Israel’s side most of the time and has been blessed for that.
One of Balaam’s blessings even became the introduction of a prayer: “How fair are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel” (24:5).

Let it be a word of comfort to us: God can change any ordered and planned curse into a blessing!

Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat BALAK Reading and Commentary

Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8
by Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem

Commentary:
We read in our weekly Torah portion about Balak, king of Moab, who was frightened by thevictorious people of Israel after they defeated the mighty Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. (Both of these battles are still remembered in daily Jewish prayers!)

Balak turned to spiritual powers for help: He called upon Balaam, a known seer, to curse Israel! We see that at first Balaam resisted the demands of the king, wanting to obey God. The king sent first messengers then princes to persuade him. God saw Balaam’s heart grow increasingly weak so He allowed him to go: “Rise up and go with them” (22:20). Balaam waited for the ‘green light’ from God. We read how quickly the next morning he packed his donkey and went.

God used the situation to demonstrate that he can use anyone to proclaim His word, even through a talking donkey.
Later we see that instead of a cursing, Balak had to listen to a blessing on Israel (23:11 and 25) three times. He, like Pharaoh, did not give up easily and it became a power struggle between a human ruler and the “still unknown” God of Israel.
“Blessed is everyone who blesses you (Israel), and cursed is everyone who curses you.“ (24:9) However, the story shows us, that the Jewish people are the most cursed people in all history! The United Nations has passed more resolutions condemning Israel than against all other nations put together including Iraq! Of the 175 resolutions of the UN Security Council, 97 were against Israel! (figures 2006)

On the other hand, people, companies and individuals are blessed because they bless Israel whether through practical and financial help or prayer. Yes, this formula still holds good.

A classic example is seen in the history of the two parts of Germany before the reunification. East Germany (GDR) did not want to acknowledge their guilt towards the Jewish people, but West Germany did. Even the Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of West Germany ordered in 1965 compensation payments to Holocaust survivors. The blessing and the curse were obvious: West Germany prospered and became an economic super-power, while the GDR simply did not progress for a period of 40 years. Yes, we are speaking about the same “hard-working” Germans. Just look at the United States, which stands on Israel’s side most of the time and has been blessed for that.
One of Balaam’s blessings even became the introduction of a prayer: “How fair are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel” (24:5).

Let it be a word of comfort to us: God can change any ordered and planned curse into a blessing!

Shabbat Shalom

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