This week’s combined Torah portion, Chukat-Balak , includes the story of the non-Jewish prophet Balaam (called Bilam in Hebrew) and his talking donkey . The portion of Balak opens with the king of Moav, (Balak), having heard what happened with the nations who fought against Israel.
Rabbis, including this rabbi, welcome the opportunity to write a Dvar Torah in which one of the most “beloved” of Biblical villains appears in his own eponymous Torah portion-- Korach. Born a Levite with great yichus (his great-grandfather was Levi, founder of the Tribe of Levi), along with wealth, intellect, ability and skill, Korach was greatly admired and looked up to by many Israelites.
There are people learning with CAJE from all over Florida, as well as students from Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Washington State, Washington DC, Ohio, New Jersey, Canada and Israel. We welcomed new faculty to our team and expanded our course offerings to include a wide range of themes and topics. As a result of the online platform, faculty are taking each other’s courses for the first time too.