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Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. - Numbers 22:2

  • Balak, the king of Moab, persuades the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites so that he can defeat them and drive them out of the region. However, Balaam blesses the Children of Israel instead and prophesies that Israel's enemies will be defeated. (22:2-24:25)
  • God punishes the Israelites with a plague for consorting with the Moabite women and their god. The plague is stayed after Pinchas kills an Israelite man and his Midianite woman. (25:1-9)

When do we read Balak?

2021 Jun 26
/16 Tammuz, 5781
2022 Jul 16
/17 Tammuz, 5782
2024 Jul 20
/14 Tammuz, 5784


  • By Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Ph.D.

    In Parashat Balak, King Balak and the people of Moab, central characters in the weekly Torah portion, are afraid of the Children of Israel. Balak tries to recruit the prophet Balaam to curse the Children of Israel in order to weaken them and save Moab from impending defeat. King Balak sends for his prophet twice and Balaam barely responds. Three times Balak attempts to force a curse on Israel out of Balaam's mouth and three times he fails. It is fascinating to try to understand what causes a king to attempt the same solution, and fail again and again, and despite this, to not change his strategy.

  • Torah for Tots

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    -Numbers 24:9

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