Balak

The Hidden Meaning Behind Anti-Semitism

Jul 22, 2020 |

Forced to carry out the opposite of his intention to curse and destroy them, Bilam showers blessing upon the Jewish nation in this week’s parsha. These blessings from a non-Jewish enemy are exceedingly unique in their quality and reveal some deeply positive truths of the Jew’s experience wandering alone through a hostile world. In a definitive statement clarifying the identity of the chosen people, Bilam declares, “Hein am l’vadad yishkon uvagoyim lo yischashav”, “Indeed, they are a people that dwells…

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