TEMPLE TALK RADIO: THE BUZZ ABOUT THE RED HEIFER
BILAAM: HEATHEN PROPHET & GUN FOR HIRE & THE ORIGIN OF THE ANTI-ISRAEL CROWD
MODESTY & RESPECT ARE A NATION'S TRUE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
Parashat Chukat, being read in the diaspora this week, provides a fine opportunity to linger some more on the topic of the red heifer, especially after having shared new footage of the Temple Institute's current red heifer candidates. Has anything really changed in the 4000 years that have passed since Balak hired Bilaam to curse Israel, and the anti-Israel industry that thrives today, fueled with hatred, fear and big, big bucks?
WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: BALAK
When a simple beast of burden can see what the great heathen seer Bilaam cannot see, and when G-d opens the mouth of a dumb ass and shuts the mouth of the great heathen wordsmith Bilaam, we know that things are not always as we think they are. Our exalted place in creation notwithstanding, we only know what G-d allows us to know, a fact of life that, when accepted, proves endlessly liberating.
Balak (Numbers 22:2 - 25:9)
Parashat Balak is read on Shabbat:
Tammuz 12, 5780/July 4, 2020