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A Taste of His Own Medicine: Parshat Balak

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Bilam tries to curse the Jews, but G-d has other plans.

Avada Kedavra: Parshat Balak

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Long before Voldemort and Saruman uttered their first fictional curses, the Jewish people faced off against the real-life sorcerer, Bilam. Bilam's plan to curse the Jews failed when G-d turned his curses into blessings. But do coerced blessings ever take effect?

Torah and Superstition: Parashat Balak

Rabbi Sara N.S. Meirowitz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Beginning in medieval times, modern Jews have understood the Torah to be monotheistic, testifying that only one God exists. But it might be more accurate to say that the Torah is monolatrous -- that multiple Gods exist, but we choose to worship only one of them.

Balaam Sculpture Sheds Light On Differing Christian And Jewish Views Of Prophecy

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Although he often was considered a villain, theology also considered Balaam as a prophet who played a role in the history of salvation, by predicting the coming of Christ.