The Donkey of Bilaam
By Rabbi David Eidensohn
the strangest story in the Bible is about Bilaam’s donkey. Bilaam rode his
donkey to curse the Jews on behalf of Balak, the King of Moab, when
Bilaam tried to curse the Jews, but G‑d forced him to bless the Jews, which he did. The most beautiful passages about Jewish redemption are his words.
The two miracles of the donkey’s speaking and
Bilaam’s blessings in place of curses, mark this story as one of the most
unusual in the Torah. When we reflect that this is the story that produced the
central passages about Redemption and the Future World, we realize that the
process of the Future Redemption is one where slowly, the sun will rise, until
the “donkeys” will rebuke the wicked, and the wicked will be forced to concede
When I grew up all intellectual people believed firmly that the universe was an accident and that people were evolutionary products. Today, the senior secular physicists propound the Anthropic Theorem, that the universe was designed for people. Sounds like Creation, and it is, but the donkey has not spoken the full sentence at this time. But it will.
In recent times, anti-Semitism, which once was the
general idealism, has fallen into disrepute, at least in public, in almost all
of the world. Jews have crawled out of their caves in the ghettos and now are
recognized with respect in their own land. A hundred years ago Jews in
Communism and Western anti-Semitic religions have largely collapsed. The sun is rising, even if it seems to be covered by the clouds at times. The process is there.
Noahides and gentiles cannot help but being inspired by the obvious beginning of the End. Here, too, the light is going on, as the mighty powers of religions to insist that Jews are damned weaken, until they, too, must protest anti-Semitism, at least, officially.
Sinai, says the Talmud, means “hate.” The nations
The International Noahide movement must provide the
tools for searching gentiles to find G‑d. Indeed, even lost Jews are
inspired by gentiles who are Noahides. How fast the sun goes up, and how
clearly the donkey speaks, and how many blessings emanate from those who hate,
The Torah was given in Seventy Languages, and it was
written in Seventy Languages on stones for the gentiles of