5775 — Balak: Do we believe in magic?

Posted by Neima Novetsky on June 30, 2015
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Balak

In this week’s podcast, Neima Novetsky discusses parshat Balak and the question of magic. Parashat Balak speaks at length about the attempts of Bilaam to curse the nation of Israel. But why do we care if some heathen sorcerer was to curse us? Would his words have any power to harm us even if he succeeded in saying them?

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About Neima Novetsky

She and her family made aliyah from New York where she founded and directed the Advanced Tanakh Beit Midrash Program at Lincoln Square Synagogue. She has taught at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet Moriah, the Ma'ayan Institute for Women, and the Princeton University Hillel and has lectured on Biblical topics in various synagogues in both Israel and the USA. She is also a co-founder of a new Tanakh and Parshanut website called 'Al Ha Torah.'

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