Balak – Truth and Will

Bilam seems to be a good guy. Why do chazal paint him in such a bad light – Bilam Harasha!Why do we have this funny interaction where the donkey knows about the malach even before Bilam? What is the point of the malach standing there if it won’t end up killing Bilam anyway? What is Bilam’s fundamental character flaw? The midrash stresses that Bilam spoke to Hashem in a dream at night, thus indicating his inferior quality of prophecy. But lemaaseh, he experiences prophetic moments with his poetry during the day – so what is the meaning of it? What is the significance of the comparison between Bilam and Avraham?

Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 30:05


  1. Anonymous on July 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Shalom Ari Goldwag… Just wanted to encourage you on your podcasts. You are "laying your heart out on your sleeve" to help us relate to the Truth. Thank you for all you do. It is so encouraging and uplifting to all of us, and mostly to HaShem that we are being challenged to climb higher. Thank you!! Baruch HaShem!

  2. Ari Goldwag on July 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm


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