This week features:
Bilaam, World Leaders, & the Fine Art of Cursing Israel
Obama & Bilaam: “May My Soul Die the Death of the Upright”
This week’s Temple Talk is sad. It was recorded with a heavy heart, on the day that the nation of Israel buries three young boys who were brutally murdered for one reason only: Because they were Jews. After 18 harrowing days of uncertainty, the bodies of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, three holy children who succeeded in unifying our people, are brought to rest. The juxtaposition of the conclusion of this tragedy with the beginning of the month of Tammuz – and more specifically, with the weekly Torah reading of parashat Balak – does not go unnoticed by our hosts. What does the heathen prophet Bilaam have in common with the leaders of the world today? Why did Balak and Bilaam seek to curse the people of Israel? This week’s edition of Temple Talk is dedicated to the precious and blessed memory of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Sha’ar. May G-d avenge their blood, amen.