Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. - Numbers Chukat - Balak There is no doubt that the donkey is the star of Parashat Balak. 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. In this week's Torah portion, a king named Balak wanted to curse the Jewish Parshat Balak tells of the Jewish people encountering the Moabites in the desert.


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Balak (parsha)

And if he did not deserve to die, why did the angel say, "you are the one I should have killed"? What had he done to deserve being put to parashat balak How was it that the Moabite dignitaries accompanying Balaam, and his two servants alongside, did not see the angel?

If the parashat balak appeared in concrete form as a human being, as the mystics maintain, then they should have all seen him; and if the angel appeared in a prophetic parashat balak, then how did the ass apprehend him? Why did the angel of G-d set out to intercept Balaam along the way?

Balak (parsha) - Wikipedia

After all, he said no more to him than G-d had already said; for He had said, "If these men have come to invite you, you may go with them.

But parashat balak I command you, that you shall do" v. But you must say nothing except what I tell you" v. Thus, the angel's coming seems to have been to no purpose. Abarbanel's many questions can be answered if we assume that the entire event described here was but a dream, which Balaam dreamed the night Balak's second delegation of dignitaries parashat balak to call on him vv.

Note that Balaam answered them as follows: So you, too, stay here overnight, and let me find out what else the Lord may say to me" vv. Balaam had also told the first delegation, "Spend the night here" v. We assume that Balak dreamed a dream twice, and the Torah relates only the second in great detail.

Verse 20 should be taken as the general heading summarizing the results of the Lord's conversation with Balaam: But whatever I command you, that you shall do.

The contents of a prophetic dream parashat balak generally clothed in the events of the dream, which are sometimes symbolic. For the most part these events are related to the life and imagination of the dreamer and, as far as we parashat balak understand the essence of prophecy, are apparently a blend of the pure prophetic message with the dreamer's thoughts and imagery.


Thus, in verses 21 through 35 we are told in great detail all that happened in the dream, after the main gist of the message was relayed in the general heading of verse The ass speaking, the disagreements between Balaam and his ass, the beatings that Balaam gave his ass, the deliberations between Balaam and the angel, and finally the substance of the prophetic message --all these were the parashat balak that made up the dream.

Where were Balaam's two servants during these discussions and parashat balak

Where were Balak's officials and dignitaries? Not in the dream!

Only in the morning, when Balaam awakened and actually set out on his way, were they with him. Likewise, as regards the contradictory stance, as it were, of the Almighty Question 8 aboveonly if one does not parashat balak close attention to the structure of this description does it seem that G-d, after giving Balaam permission to go, was angry at him again, and then in the end He once again changed His mind and permitted Parashat balak to set out.

Parashat Balak

But this only seems so if one does not distinguish the general heading v. Parashat balak inappropriateness of some of the angel's remarks as parashat balak, stem from the fact that Balaam was dreaming.

Why is the detailed content of the second dream relayed to us, and not the first?