June 23, 2021 ✦ 13 Tamuz, 5781 ✦ Torah Portion: Balak, Numbers 22:2-25:9 ✦ Haftorah: Micah 5:6-6:8 Torah Portion This Week: Balak TorahMedia Audio Come Learn With UsJoin users worldwide searching for Jewish educational resources: Weekly Torah Portion, Jewish Holidays, Classic Jewish Texts, and Jewish Topics of Interest Recent Additions Torah Portion & Holidays The Epitome of RighteousnessBy Rabbi Naftali ReichBalak, Legacy, BeginnerJune 22, 2021How we admire people who combine great wealth with great social consciousness, who not only take from society but give something back as well. We read moreUncommon CourtesyBy Rabbi Pinchas AvruchChukas, Balak, Kol HaKollel, BeginnerJune 22, 2021"And G-d said to Balaam 'Do not go with them [the emissaries of Balak] and do not curse [the nation of Israel] for it is blessed.' And Balaam ...read moreSorry for NothingBy Rabbi Mordechai KamenetzkyBalak, Drasha, BeginnerJune 22, 2021We are all fascinated by inanimate or animal objects that speak. 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