July 5, 2014 1:31 AM

Interfaith Initiative Centre County | Rejoice in our own spiritual traditions to enrich lives

At this point, in Judaism’s yearly reading of the Torah, we come upon the section known as Balak. Balak is the king of Moab, and, as the story develops in Numbers 22-24, he is alarmed at the approaching Israelites. He decides to utilize an interesting offensive strategy and contacts a man named Balaam, inviting him to come and curse the Israelites. The Bible does not directly explain who this Balaam is, but we soon learn that he is in contact with God: He prays to God for instructions, and God answers him.

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