- Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
- Duration: 33 min
Mah Tovu Ohalekha Yaakov: Following the Progression of Bilam's Blessings
- 38 min 55 sec
The lyrical, uplifting blessings with which Bil'am blessed Bnei Yisrael are among the most elegant and moving series of passages in Tanakh. What motivated Bil'am to bless as he did - was he simply a mouthpiece of Hashem, or did he, at some point, identify with the mission to bless God's people? A careful look at the text of his blessings, along with the passages that stitch those blessings together, reveals a more complex reality and a more profound answer.