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For the first time in a while, the main characters of this parsha are not the people of Israel. While the story of Bilaam and Balak are interesting, we wonder: the Torah isn’t an all-inclusive history book; why does the Torah tell us this story?



This video is from Rabbi David Block and Immanuel Shalev.

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Immanuel Shalev is the CEO of Aleph Beta, dedicated to creating intellectually rigorous and emotionally engaging Torah content. He is also the host of Aleph Beta Quarantined, a new podcast about Jewish Life in Quarantine. Previously, Immanuel served as a singer and Director of the world-famous Maccabeats,