Balak: Israel and Moab: Foes or Family?

Posted by Meir Schweiger on July 13, 2016
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem

In this week’s parsha, Balak, the king of Moab, sees the people of Israel as a threat and hires Balaam to curse them. When that fails, he succeeds in undermining their relationship with G-d through prostitution and idolatry, resulting in the death of 24,000 men.

Through close textual study, Rabbi Schweiger examines how this adversarial relationship began with Lot and then takes a 180 degree turn with Ruth.

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About Meir Schweiger

Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.

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