Balak – בלק
July 16, 2022
Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8; 1 Peter 2:1-22
Torah Portion “בלק/Balak,” which means “Destroyer,” begins, “2 Now Balak the son of Tzippor saw all that Isra’el had done to the Emori. 3 Mo’av was very afraid of the people, because there were so many of them; Mo’av was overcome with dread because of the people of Isra’el.”
Our Torah portion this week contains the “Ma Tovu,” liturgy which we sing every Shabbat and at other special gatherings especially when we enter the synagogue. Learn how this now famous blessing was originally ten curses uttered by the false prophet B’laam and which were meant to destroy the people of Israel. Hashem turned them all around, but we are truly only experiencing one blessing as a people. How is this incident related to the previous event of the Golden Calf? Learn about the words “Shochen” (neighbor) and “Chen” (friend) and how B’laam managed to weaken the People of Israel. This week’s mussar trait is ANGER (כעס) “ka’as” and Ro’eh shows us why this character trait is so important to control.
This week our Haftorah teaching is delivered by Brother Mark from Micah 5:6-6:8. The New Testament teaching is delivered by Ro’eh Richard from 2 Peter 2:1-22.
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