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