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The Indignity of Indifference (Balak)

Preview: Why did Hashem forbid Bilaam from travelling to Mo’av, then allow him to go, then nearly take his life, then permit him to continue—only to thwart the entire purpose of his travels in the end? And what are we supposed to take out of the strange episode in which Bilaam quarrels with his donkey? And why does Bilaam never express his own position on the political conflict he’s summoned to join? And are all these questions connected?

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