What Balak is about: a frightened king and a greedy prophet, a sword-wielding angel and a talking donkey, curses transformed into blessings and a messianic prophecy, a plague provoked by pagan debauchery and a zealot who saves the day.
But also: the connection between Balaam and Laban, the Moabite ancestry of Moshiach, the duality of Jacob and Israel, the evolution of pleasure and the offal-worship of Peor.
There are many truths. There is a truth for every being and for every particle of the universe, for each one reflects its Master in a different way.
To seek truth means more than finding your own truth. It means finding a truth that works for you and for the other guy, for now and forever, in this place and everywhere, for the body and for the soul, for the sage and for the young, innocent child.
The higher the truth, the fewer boundaries it knows.
Language of the Soul By Jay Litvin Seven words -- kindness, discipline, compassion, endurance, humility, connection, and dignity -- which enable us to explain to our children the nuances of our drives, motives and actions More »
The 120-Day Version Of The Human Story Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe It’s all there: the underpinnings of creation, the saga of human struggle, and the ultimate triumph which arises from the imperfections and failings of man—all played out in a four-month period . . . More »
The Evolution of Pleasure Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe What attraction could the idol Peor, and the particularly repulsive rituals associated with it, possibly hold for the Israelites who succumbed to its influence? More »
A Rebbe’s Education From the writings & talks of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch When I was 11 years old, my father gave me the manuscript as a gift. “This is a chassidic kiss,” he said. “In time I will explain.” More »
A Different Kind of Father’s Day By Abby Stein I’d see a father playing with his children and feel a deep stabbing pain. A friend would mention asking her
father for advice, and I’d feel jealousy running through my veins. I could easily end up in tears by reading a children’s book about happy families. More »
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