Sedra Balak

The fascinating story of Bilaam and his donkey provokes consideration of two themes of relevance today. While the children of Israel are going about their daily lives in their well ordered camp, some people are plotting their destruction. We are well aware of many who are plotting against us but what about those who, unbeknown to us, are also doing just that?

Bilaam was a powerful well known figure . Had he lived today he may well have been awarded a Nobel prize for something other than science. Although he admired Israel openly, he nevertheless hated Israel sufficiently to be a partner in its downfall.Today we have Nobel prize winners like Tutu ( 2002), for peace and Maguire (1977 and Samago (1998) for lterature ,who are keen to lambast Israel at every opportunity. Others must come to mind.

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