Friday, July 3, 2015

Balak Text message

Parashat Balak

When Balak saw that two mighty kings, Sichon and Og, could not stand up against Israel, he grew terrified.
Who were Sichon and Og? According to the midrash, they were brothers, descendants from giants.
Sichon brought all the hosts of this Amorite king together into Heshbon. Heshbon was an exceptionally well fortified city and the Israelites defeated them.
Og, according to a different Midrash, was Eliezer Abraham's servant who had grown in power and might. Another rabbinic explanation claims that King Og managed to escape the Flood by holding onto the outside of Noah’s Ark.

Balak was afraid of Israel and its victories; therefore, he hired Bilaam to curse Israel...

Sometimes we need to be very careful whom we ask for help. The solution can be worse than the problem.

In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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