Teachings on Parshat Balak

 The Meor V’Shemesh, Rebbe Kalonymos Kalman Epstein writes that once he was present when his Rebbe, Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk, asked his brother, Rebbe Zusha of Anipoli a question, “My brother, I see that you are able to perform miracles and wonders and awesome deeds.  Perhaps I also could learn to do the same?”
Rebbe Zusha answered, “When all the leaders of the generation and its righteous are of one heart, in a common bond of love and friendship between themselves and the Jewish people, then anything can be accomplished.” 
Parshat Balak gives us the strength, the hope and the belief that we can do this!

INSPIRING THOUGHTS ON AUTHENTIC LIVING

“The quest for authenticity means to breathe organically the rhythm of one’s age. It may even be seen as an expression of belief in Divine providence – that is, that G-d created each person at a certain moment in history, NOT TO IMITATE ANOTHER AGE OR ITS WAY OF THINKING. Indeed it was the Chozeh of Lublin, Rav Yaakov Yizchak (d.1815), who is reported to have commented on the verse, ‘And they [the judges] shall judge the people at all times.’ (Exodus 18,22) – they shall evaluate the law ACCORDING TO THE TIME AND THE PERIOD.” Or le’Shamayim, Bechukotai, from The Quest for Authenticity:  The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim, Michael Rosen, Urim Publications 2008

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