29 06, 2014

Did the non-Israelite prophet Baalam exist?

By |2014-06-29T06:12:23-07:00June 29th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                           Did the non-Israelite prophet Baalam exist?   There is disagreement in the ancient Jewish sources whether Balaam, the non-Israelite prophet who tried to curse Israel, actually existed, or if he did exist, did parts of the story really happen. Whether he existed or not, there is no consensus as to whether he was [...]

19 06, 2013

Balak – Unusual Interpretations 31

By |2013-06-23T06:33:59-07:00June 19th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                       By Israel Drazin   Commentaries on the biblical portion Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) answer many questions and explain the names of biblical portions, who was Balaam, the miracle of the speaking ass, what is Baal Peor, and much else.   Why did God name a biblical portion after the evil King Balak? God [...]