Shabbat Parashat Balak| 5770
Parashat Hashavuah: The Difference in ProphetsHarav Shaul Yisraeli, Derasha in 1938, Si’ach Shual, p. 426
“Hashem’s actions are complete” – just as he gave prophets to
“If someone tells you there is wisdom in
Bilam was confronted by a culture based on the idea of Hashem’s unity, whereby life is full of content, from the spiritual elite to the lower strata of society. When Bilam saw the nation, he cried out excitedly: “How good are your tents” (Bamidbar 24:5) – these are pure and simple tents, but they contain the secret of the nation’s greatness. The Jewish tent, at once, opens in a manner that promotes modesty but also includes the tents with multiple openings that enabled our patriarchs to excel at welcoming guests. Bilam’s excitement was short-lived, and he remembered what he wanted to accomplish, to curse this impressive nation. When this failed, he devised the scheme of Baal Pe’or to undermine their greatness, focused around the tents, by ruining their modesty and purity.
Times have changed; generations have come and gone. Prophecy has left our people, but basic differences continue. We now see great scientists who use their expertise just to make money and throw oil on the flames of anti-Semitism. Professors in
Let us return to the purity and the proper openness of the tents so that the curses will turn into blessings against the will of sinister nations.
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