Posts Tagged ‘Bilaam’

“Balak”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Balak” this week (Numbers 22:2 through 25:9).

Yes, this is the story that includes Balaam’s famous talking ass, and that certainly makes a humorous and enduring point, but it’s only a part of the entire lesson in this one.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark reviews the “whole story,” including elements that simply must be “spiritualized” to be understood.

SSM Balak 2017

 

The Sabbath teaching, however, is perhaps even more poignant and relevant than usual — as well as more “politically incorrect”. And THAT is because it hits directly on the very war that is still being waged on a people who no longer know what is “self-evident”, as opposed to what is really “whoring”.

Balak: Spiritual war, ‘Whoring’ vs prostitution, or dinner and a movie”

Mark Call – Parsha “Balak” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Balak, from Numbers chapters 22 through 25:9.

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha:

Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaching – Balak – 4 July, 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on specifics from the parsha in more detail.  The story of the king Balak and the somewhat problematic Bilaam has a lot to teach us today.

 

Talking Torah teaching – Balak – Come out of her