Parashat Balak / Blessings in Disguise

Balaam describes the Israelite camp 'as cedars beside the waters' – however, a cedar can be uprooted. Thus, what comfort can be found in the gentile prophet's words, praising Israel's dwelling?

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When the gentile prophet Balaam sees that it pleases “the Lord to bless Israel” (Numbers 24:1), he describes Israel’s dwellings in the desert, in this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9):...