Saturday 26th June 2021 16th Tamuz 5781
PARASHAT BALAK Herschel
Numbers 22:2 – 25:9; Micah 5:6 – 6:8 (English 5:7 – 6:8); Matthew 21:1-11
2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites,
3 and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab
was filled with dread because of the Israelites.
Israel had just defeated the Amorite kings Og & Sihon. Rashi says that Balak
reasoned that that if the Amorite kings were powerless to stop the Israelites,
surely Moab was also in mortal danger. So, Balak’s strategy was to initially avoid a military battle. Jewish survival is governed by spiritual laws, and thus the only method to defeat them is with spiritual powers. And so, King Balak hires the greatest spiritual master of the non-Jewish world, a man named Bilaam, to wage metaphysical warfare against the Jewish people.
Numbers 22:4 - 6
4b So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
5 sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near
the River, in his native land. Balak said: "A people has come out of Egypt;
they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.