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Rabbi's Divrei Torah

The story of Balaam explores the extreme limits of free will. He was "hired" by King Balak to curse the Israelites and is told directly by God not to go. And if that wasn't enough, he is confronted by his miraculous talking donkey and then finally and angel swinging a sword. With all this Balaam continues, slightly shaken, but undeterred to his unholy task. 

 

What an amazing revelation of the true nature of the human psyche, and is it any wonder why people continue to be self destructive, even in the face of overwhelming evidence?!

 

Tuesday is the fast of the 17th day of Tamuz, beginning the 3 week period of mourning centering on the destruction of the 2 temples and related tragedies.

 

 

Wed, August 23 2017 1 Elul 5777