Parshas Balak

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“He will Crouch…Like a Lion” (24:9)

The “crouching lion” is a metaphor for the might of the Jewish people lying dormant during the time of exile (Bereishis Rabah 98:7). But a lion can never be fully tamed, for it is “one of the five types of wild animals which are predisposed to cause damage by their very nature, even if they have been tamed. Therefore if one of them causes damage… the owner is liable to pay full compensation” (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 389:8).

Likewise, while the might of the Jewish people may appear to be dormant during the exile, they nevertheless remain strong like a crouched lion. This takes expression in the power of a Jew to remain loyal to the Torah and its mitzvos despite all obstacles, for the soul is impervious to the exile, and grants a Jew the strength to rise above it.

(Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 2, pp. 337-8)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.

Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.

‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer.  Asked by Jewish iPhone Communityand many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of  ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens. Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with?

Torah in Ten will take place every Tuesday, for ten minutes.  Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of  Torah,  Judaism and Chassidus”.


Your weekly “Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Parshas Balak


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