06/18/2013 04:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Avada Kedavra: Parshat Balak

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?