In this Torah portion, Balak
, the king of Moab, asks Balaam to curse the Israelites after he sees them defeat various nations in battle. Balaam’s donkey sees an angel of God and refuses to move any further. Balaam hits the donkey. God speaks through the mouth of the donkey to tell him not to curse the Israelites. Instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blesses them.
Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am.
Candle lighting is at 8:13 pm.
Thought question: Balaam, the seer, is supposed to curse the Israelite people in this week’s parasha, but instead he blesses them with the famous words “How Goodly are your Tents of Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel.” What does it mean to you to receive that blessing?
July and August are filled with programs at SPS!
to see what is coming up over the next few months!
And hot off the press….Saturday August 4,
SPS will welcome Br. General Bentzi Gruber to speak from the bimah on Shabbat morning during services about Ethics in the Field: a firsthand look into the strategic and ethical decisions that IDF commanders and officers make daily, has become influential beyond the borders of Israel.
Br. General Bentzi Gruber is Vice Commander (reserves) of Division 252, an armored division of 20,000 soldiers. As an entrepreneur, he has established Internet startups, been a real-estate developer and initiated biotech research. He is also the founder of “Chesed In The Field,” a non-profit that brings together IDF reservists and chronically ill and disabled children for special events throughout the year instilling the values of community and social responsibility in the hearts of thousands of soldiers. Br. General Gruber also established “Ethics in the Field” to shatter myths and present the facts missing in today’s discussion of Israeli counter terrorism.
Time to plan for the fall!