Balak

Balak 5774 – Time to Kill Balaam

July 4, 2014
Balak 5774 – Time to Kill Balaam

I don’t remember what I said that caused it, but early this morning as I was getting ready to head out on a bike ride I said something that caused my wife to respond “wow, you’re a little grumpy this morning.” Yeah, I was grumpy this morning. I’m probably not the only person in...
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Balak 5771: Gaza, Hamas, and a Talking Donkey

July 7, 2011
Balak 5771: Gaza, Hamas, and a Talking Donkey

“Come then, put a curse on this people…For I know that he who you bless is blessed indeed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”  …Numbers 22:6 Balaam was a non-Jewish prophet (he talked to God, God gave him instructions) in the days when Israel was wandering in the desert.  He is famous as...
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Balak 5769 — Free Will and Talking Donkeys

July 3, 2009
Balak 5769 — Free Will and Talking Donkeys

What does the prophet say to his donkey?  “And Balaam said to the ass, Because you have mocked me; I wished there was a sword in my hand, for now would I kill you.”  Of course, what’s even more interesting is that it was the donkey that opened the conversation! This is one of...
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Balak 5767 — 3 Sermons

July 8, 2007
Balak 5767 — 3 Sermons

There are religions that claim they have the only true access to God. Let’s face it, pretty much any revealed religion will of necessity claim that their prophet is the greatest and bestest prophet. Many, if not most, will claim that their prophet is either the last prophet, or the ONLY prophet who really got God’s...
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Balak 5764 — Blessings and Curses

July 7, 2004

In every form of struggle, whether it’s war, business, or sports, we look to have some kind of special advantage over our opponents.  Some athletes take steroids, despite the risks, because they hope it will give them a little edge over their opponents.  When I worked in high-tech, the question the venture capitalists always...
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