Balak and Bilam
. Basically the truth is we have to learn the whole story of Balak and Bilaam
But you have to know the deepest depths. What is mostly our problem, all of us? Ok, forget about you, I know my problem. Deep, deep down we think we can fool G-d a little bit. We can get away with something, right, or we think the accountant there doesn’t write everything down or we think maybe G-d is skipping a few pages or we think maybe G-d is just busy at this moment with traffic on 42nd street.
You know, what’s the first thing of a real servant of G-d? I have to know that G-d is looking at me constantly. It’s earth shaking. and what would I give to get away from God’s eyes for a minute, sometimes, right? It’s nerve breaking, right?
Now listen to this. Do you know what G-d is doing when i do something wrong’ and I don’t want g-d to look at me, so G-d says to me listen, If you don’t want me to look at you so I won’t. I won’t look at you.
so imagine, I ask g-d; ‘please don’t take off your eyes from me so when I go out on the street and I’m looking for a cab, it’s right there. I’m coming to La Guardia, I’m looking for a plane to Chicago, leaving in five minutes. I’m arriving in Chicago, I have to make a reservation in a hotel. First hotel I saw , yes , we have an opening for you. The next morning I have to make a meeting, the person is on the phone waiting for you. You know, sometimes it goes; like, life flowing like a river.
Or Imagine I asked G-D to not look at me because I wanted to do something wrong. so remember, god said; ‘ ok, I wont look at you’. I asked for it my self.
So, I go out on the street. My plane is at 8 o’clock, and i left the house last minute, 7 o’clock I need a cab. It’s 10 after 7; 20 after 7, no cab. Finally 8 o’clock I have a cab, I missed the flight, right. I’m coming to Chicago 12 o’clock at night. Can’t get a hotel in the whole joint. I don’t know, what should I do? I’m trying to call up people, nobody’s home. I’m lying all night in the airport, the next morning I’m calling up the person I came for. We are supposed to have a meeting. He says, what? Next week, not this week. You know, I’m trying to get back to New York, no seats on the plane everything goes wrong. you know. Ok, what happend, what’s the first and the second side.
G-d looks at you the way you look at him
So this is one of the very deep principles of the Rambam, of Maimonides, which is accepted by the holy Baal Shem, and all the great Kabbalists: That G-d looks at you the way you look at him. If I look at G-d constantly then G-d always has his eyes open also at me, right. And everything goes well, -I walk down the street, I have a cab, everything fllows like a river. But if I say G-d, you know G-d, leave me, I’m a little bit uncomfortable; can you look away. G-d says ‘ok, do your own thing’, Get along without me’. I’m standing like a dope and I’m waiting for one hour for a cab. Everything goes wrong, then I realize I can’t do without G-d. May be I can but G-d is not taking care of my issues, right? because I asked to not look aside
By Reb Nachman of breslev this is one of the deep, deep principles; there is such a thing as my life is in order or my life is absolute chaos. You know, what is the greatest light in the world. The greatest light in the world is when G-d’s light is shining in front of me, right. That, mamesh it’s clear to me that there is one G-d. Now, let’s go one step further.
Why don’t I want G-d to look at me all the time? Because I really don’t want to do what G-d wants me to do, right? Let’s face it; I really want to do my own thing, right? And you know what it is? This is even the deepest depths. I’m not so much uncomfortable before I did the wrong deed, when I still want to do it; I say to G-d I’m sorry, today I am not so good, I want to do something wrong. but after I do the wrong deed I’m so embarrassed, now I really don’t want G-d to look at me. I say please G-d, don’t look at me so g-d says; ok, I’m not looking at you, right. I can’t stand it.
Imagine if you did something wrong to your best friend. You want them to look at you all the time? You don’t want them to, right? You don’t want to bump into them on the street.
So the holy book of the Zohar Hakadosh says, after we do something wrong we don’t want G-d to look at us. G-d says ok, I won’t look at you. But what happens when I do Tshuvah. I say please G-d, I cannot manage without you, you know. I can’t manage. My life is absolute chaos.
See, with Bil’am, it was like this. Bil’am knew that there was one G-d. He had the same g-d knowledge as Moshe (Moses) Rabbeinu but the difference was he didn’t want G-d to look at him all the time.
You know, Bil’am was the most perverted character in the world. He was living with his donkey, he was mamesh the lowest pervert human. He believed in killing and stealing; He didn’t hesitate to kill a few people. He didn’t hesitate stealing, it didn’t bother him. He would do anything in the world. And why did he want to curse the Jews? Because Balak was paying him. He would do anything for money, but he also wants to cash in on his G-d knowledge. He says, I’m a G-d man, I know all about G-d. I’m a top Guru.
So, you know, G-d treated him back. G-d says to him who are the people, I don’t know who they are, who are the people there, right. Because Balak didn’t want G-d to look at him all the time, you know. It’s not that G-d came in the middle of the night and says I don’t know who the people are, you know, I don’t know everything about you, you know. Or he says there are some people that want me to go and curse the Jews. G-d says, very interesting, you know, but I would appreciate if you do what I want to do, you know. like winking with one eye, you know.
You can really do what you want to do, but let’s see. So he says, ahh, G-d is stupid. G-d doesn’t look all the time. I’ll do my own thing and I’ll tell G-d something else. You see what t is; I don’t want to go into the whole book…
Book of Bamidbar
And here, I want you to know. This whole book of Bamidbar, we were learning it is so deep, is so deep. You can do everything right but not be holy. for example, take between people. Imagine, I met this girl and I love her the most. And I ask to her to marry me. She says. Why should I marry you? I say because I’ll do everything you want me to do. How exciting right. She says, I’m sorry. It doesn’t turn me on. It doesn’t turn you on? Well, I say, what do you mean? I’ll do anything you tell me to!
love has to be deeper than that, right?
You know something. I might tell G-d, I’ll do anything you want me to do and I’ll still be off. It takes something deeper than doing everything right.
You think the highest you can offer G-d is holiness? You think the highest you can offer G-d is to do everything right? Because it’s possible to do everything right and still be off. If you follow the portions of the week we learned about Aaron, Miriam, -even Moshe.
Last Shabbos we read even Moshe can make a mistake. It’s possible. Because we are just human beings. It’s possible. when your holliness You know, when I am very close to somebody, -closeness does not depend on how much they are doing my will. I’d like you to do what I want you to do…
Korach, Aaron, high priest
But it’s possible Korach did everything right in his whole life. He never made one aveirah because if he would have ever done one wrong thing he wouldn’t have the chutzpah to say I want to be the high priest, right. Korach. Can you imagine, He never did one wrong thing in his whole life and he was off and the earth wanted to swallow him up?
Do you know Aaron made the golden calf and he was the high priest? Why did he make the golden calf? Because he saw they were doing it, he said, let me do it. And if someone does wrong let me do it for them, right. Everybody is ready to go to heaven, are you ready to go to hell for somebody?
Aaron, without getting involved in the whole story, – Aaron made the golden calf, in order to take the sin off all of Israel. G-d says ahh, you are ready to go to hell for somebody. You are ready to do wrong for somebody else, you really love them that much. You’re the high prie
Now we come to Bilaam, right. Bilaam has all the god knowledge there is. He doesn’t know anything about G-d. He doesn’t know anything about G-d.
You know I can 15 books on theology, be a preacher for G-d from here until Moshiach is coming and I don’t know the lowest thing about G-d.
Bilaam does not know anything about the Ribbono Shel Olam. And he has, he has clear prophecy. He sees from one corner of the world to the other. And it’s nothing. Do you think I am turned on by somebody who tells me I have visions, perform miracles? Damn your miracles. Do you think I am turned on by miracles? So you perform miracles, maze tov. [some laughter] Who cares? Do you think I am a Jew because I saw some miracles? I am a Jew because I heard G-d’s voice. G-d spoke to me directly and said I am the Lord your G-d. Listen to this….
Story of Vezocher
I would like to tell you the greatest thing in the world? One of my songs is “Vezocher chasdey avot” which means the one who remembers the grace of our fore fathers. so, I went to the cemetery where our grandparents , all the way back are buried. And the crazy thing was I jumped on the train, you know, and this melody was going on in my head. And I asked a little German boy, who was next to me to please hold the mice so I can record it before I forget the melody. He was so sweet , he held the mice for one hour. But then I thought to myself, Maybe his father or his grandfather killed my uncle’s family during the Holucaust… I don’t know.
And you know how close we are getting to the coming of the Messiah that this little boy is holding the mice while I am singing “V’zocher Hasdei Avos?”
Now listen to this, this is not the end. The craziest thing is that he has a father and a mother, a boy of six doesn’t travel alone, right. So the craziest thing is that his parents were sitting there crying their eyes out, you know.
And the craziest thing is I was in touch with them, -I said I understand you are from Kiev, from the Shtetle in Kiev. They were going from Leubeck to Kiev and I was in touch with them for a long time and they also had a boy of 17 and later on I met them again, in Holland in the summer, unbelievable.
Shlomo in yeshiva story
You know, I think I told you once when I just came out from Yeshiva. While I was in yeshiva I was absolutely not in this world. It means I had nothing to do with the world. I was learning in Lakewood for six years and for me to go to New York was like going from Paradise to hell. I would be up all night before to give myself strength. the next day I would come to N.Y in the morning and do my thing and come back the same night and be up all night after, learning to make up for the time. Then my father had a heart attack and I had to be in New York for some time, so I thought, this is my chance; I want to see what the world is doing. I went to Colombia university. It was the summer session. The summer session you are much closer to people then in the winter. I learned a lot. Anyway, one day I am walking into the Jewish students society, whatever it’s called there, Menorah or something. This is the first time I walked in there and the first time I meet those kind of kids, the intellectuals, the kind that don’t know exactly what a Jew is all about. And this Reform was giving the biggest speech ever since the creation of the world. He says I’m just came back from Cincinnati, from a convention and the theme was G-d. He said there were 923 rabbis discussing G-d. you have to understand that at the time I just came out from the yeshiva, I was burning up, I knew what a Jew was supposed to be.
Ok, now listen to this. He mentioned Nietche, he mentioned Kant, he mentioned Hegel, he mentioned the Readers Digest and he also mentioned the Psychology of today. And they discussed a mature concept of G-d. They think that we the religious Jews have such an immature concept of G-d, and the rabbis from other streams, who are not so orthodox know more about G-d, because they read everything accept the Jewish scripts. they will get a real mature concept of G-D.
and don’t get me wrong. I love them. they are great people. but can we call them rabbis?
I was burning up there. Am I supposed to jump at the throat? I didn’t know what to do but in the mean time I didn’t do anything.
This rabbi Hoffman saw me for the first time and everybody was talking and talking and I just, I was afraid to open my mouth because if I was to open my mouth I have to knock him off. I didn’t say anything but he must have sensed me, later on we became good friends. He was like a super reform rabbi but he was a sweet Yiddele.
Anyway, he says, I see for the first time a young rabbi here. He says are you studying to be a rabbi. I said yes I am student in the Lakewood Yeshiva studying to be a rabbi. He says, it would be very interesting and very exciting – a reform rabbi and a future Orthodox rabbi.
I said to him; listen brother I’m afraid it would be more exciting than you would like it to be. I started –I asked the reform rabbi, what’s your name. Rabbi Cohen, let’s say rabbi Cohen. I said, before I even begin to talk you have to promise me that you forgive me for whatever I say. because i don’t want to hurt your feelings. but i have to say what I think. He says, it’s o.k , I forgive you. I said, my friend, would you be very, very angry if I called you Mr. Cohen and not Rabbi? because your not a rabbi. You’re not a teacher of Judaism. You’re a good man but how you can talk about G-d to us Jews and not mention one great Jew who thought about G-d?! only Hegel Niche, Kant! I said, it just so happens that I know about Yiddishkeit on my own but imagine I am a student and I come in to hear something about Judaism and all you have to give me is Nietche! If I want to hear Nietche I go to a philosophy class. Oh, I forgot one thing. He mentioned Rabbi Akiba and he laughed. I said, listen brother, you are laughing at Rabbi Akiba? Are you out of your head! I’m sure you can’t even read Hebrew properly. You can’t read one page in the Talmud. Who are you! I said you are nothing. I said gevalt are you off. I said I tell you something. You better go home and pour out your heart before G-d that G-d should enlighten you what G-d is all about. I says do you think I’m impressed because 923 rabbis, whatever you call yourselves, talking about G-d! You should be afraid to take the word G-d in your dirty mouth. I says, I tell you something. I have very good advice for you. You better go to Mea Sharim when you go to Israel and the first little boy with long peyis may not be your type of a Jewish boy but he looks like our forefathers. He looks like a real Jew; he looks like a Jew of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And he’s 3 years old; he has no PHD. He never went to Columbia University and you’ll ask him what is G-d, and this little boy will close his eyes, he’ll put his hand over his eyes and he will yell from one corner of the world to the other: Shema Yisroel Hashem Elokeynu Hashem Echad. G-d is one.
And I swear to you this little boy knows more about G-d than you and all the 923 rabbis.
It so happens that was my first public speech after I come out from yeshiva. I want you to know first of all, I had a standing ovation.
Do you know something? Listen to this. After my speech was over I walked up to the rabbi and I kissed him, you know. Do you know he broke down crying? He started yelling at the top of his lungs Shema Yisroel Hashem Elokeynu Hashem Echad. You know, I really touched him. He says, Shlomo, I want you to know, all the talk I gave is not for real. Inside I’m burning up, you know. It’s one of those, unbelievable, you know. But you see, this is Moshe Rabbeinu’s kind of a Jew, you know.
Being Sincere in My Relationship with G-D.
Bil’am is talking about G-d but he will not break down when someone says Shema Yisroel Hashem Elokeynu Hashem Echad. Bil’am is fooling G-d all the time. Bilaam knows that God has chosen the Jews but he thinks G-d is senile. can talk G-D out of it. Bilaam says to G-d: “listen G-d, why do you need the Jews. Wouldn’t you rather have 70 nations? instead of one alter lets me make 70 alters and I can get you the whole pagan world to serve you. But you know how pagans want to serve G-d? They don’t want G-d to look at them all the time. They want G-D to look at them only when they need something from him. And you see the whole portion of Bil’am and Balak is so deep. Fooling G-d all the time. It’s about being sincere in my relationship with G-D.
Who Wrote the Torah? (Bible)
I have to tell you something very, very deep. The Talmud says that Moshe (Moses) Rabbeinu wrote the Torah and the portion of Balak, isn’t that unbelievable? So everybody said, how is the portion of Balak differ from the whole Torah?
Knowing of evil and finding it
Ok, it has millions of meanings. But now I want you to know the deepest, deepest depths. What is Balak all about? If Moshe Rabbeinu would have not written this story he wouldn’t have even know it existed. Whenever we Jews have trouble, Pharaoh, Edom, all those people who turned against us, we knew about it. Balak, nobody knew about. Balak says to Bilaam, lets go –we don’t know about it. You know how deep this is? There is some danger in the world, there’s something in the world, you’ll never be aware of it.
But gevalt is it strong. There is something and you’ll never know about it! And it can turn you off completely from G-d.
This is really strong. There is some evil in the world which you’ll never know about and it can make you off completely a non servant of G-d. You might think that you that you’re still a servant of G-d, you might be filled with God knowledge or spiritual knowledge. You might know the all Torah by heart but you still will stay the lowest Pagan in the world.
None of us will take a piece of wood and bow down before it but it’s so easy to fool ourselves into thinking we are holy. it’s so easy to make that mistake.
I don’t know about you, I only know about me. I can walk around thinking I’m a good Jew. I have a yarmulke, I wear tzitzit, I put on tefilin but I still can be the lowest Bil’am. The lowest Bil’am.
Fooling ourselves and fooling others.
You know how evil it is when we talk about other people. You know why? They’ll never know I said it You know what that is? That’s Paganism. I wouldn’t say bad things when the person is looking, right? but he’s not looking and he can’t hear me. all these things we do when we think people don’t see us or don’t hear us. And even the way we talk to other people and we think we fool them. Why is G-d called truth? G-D is Not fooling us. You know how hard it is to get out of not fooling people, not fooling yourself?!
Gevalt is that heavy, right? So,It says, Moshe (Moses) Rabbeinu, wrote down the whole Torah (bible) and Moshe Rabbeinu also wrote down the portion of Balak to cleanse ourselves.
Why is is mentioned seperatly taht Moses wrote the Torah and this portion? why not mention seperatly that Moses wrote any other portion? Because I need to be aware of those places in my heart that are hiding. those places I’m trying to fool G-d or my self. In those places I need cleanse myself. To really cleanse myself. This is mamesh gevalt. This is so deep.
And I’ll tell you something else, when it comes to learning, do you know how much you can fool yourself to think that you understand what you know? And how beautiful it is when it’s clear to you that I really don’t know it yet? Just got to learn it more.
Do you know when people talk to each other, sometimes they pretend to understand what you are saying but really they don’t care. That’s so pagan.
You know friends; obviously it’s clear to you that there is such a thing as paganism because between me and G-d, right; there’s also pagan relationship, right. Pagan means I can fool you. You don’t look. I don’t want you to look at me all the time. I don’t want you to know everything I’m doing, right. You know, imagine if people could relate to each other on a none pagan level. How deep it would be, right. How deep it would be between people. You see like Moshe, Moshe did wrong also but did he for one second stop to look at G-d, G-d look at him. You can do wrong sometimes, you know, …..
Track 18 Ishbitz, adam Hid from Hashem
It’s very clear in the Ishbit’ser, why was Adam driven out from paradise? Not because he ate the wrong food, because he was hiding from G-d. Why were you hiding? You don’t trust me enough to tell me you did wrong? You know, if Adam would have eaten the forbidden fruit and then he would say to G-d you know I’m sorry; G-d says I know you’re a human being; I never expected anything else of you. You only learn by mistakes. You know, the gemara says Ein Adam Omed Al Divrei Torah ELa Im Ken Nichshal Bah. The deepest knowledge comes from mistakes. You don’t learn until you make mistakes. So it’s good; it’s ok; it’s 100% ok. But why are you hiding?
Track 19 Yom Kippur, Succos, Simchas Torah, Parents, Children
You know what’s so special about Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is one time when I realize, -let me ask you something. I have to tell G-d my mistakes? He doesn’t know? But you know what the deepest depths is? Like I’m turning the clock back. And I say to G-d you know something? Let’s say I did something wrong on Sunday July 5th and I didn’t want you to look. Can you please look now when I did it? Turning, I’m saying Ribbono Shel Olam please look at me doing wrong. Don’t take your eyes off me. Don’t take your eyes of me. And if G-d doesn’t take off his eyes there is no problem forgiving, right. There’s no problem. And you know, Succos comes from the word to look: Socheh Beyofo. The whole thing is I’m saying Ribbono Shel Olam not only do I want you to look at me sometimes, I want to sit for eight days and I want you to look at me the whole time.
And you know something, the deepest depths, this is mamesh deep. When do we stop being close to our parents. The same thing. When we don’t want them to know what we are doing. I don’t want you to look at me all the time. I’m ready to tell you a few crummy things I’m doing. I don’t want you to know everything I’m doing. You know what happens to us in the Succah? Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the four mothers all come back to the Succah because mamesh they want to look at each other the whole time. Imagine if we could keep up a relationship with our parents that we could mamesh want to look at each other the whole time. How deep, you know. Deep is not the world. Earthshaking. Earthshaking.
And after that we take out the Torah and you know how deep it is. You know when somebody looks at you and you look at them you don’t have to talk so much. You could sit there and look at each other for 400 years, right. You know why I have to learn the Torah, all the words only because from time to time I don’t want G-d to look at me. On Simchas Torah after sitting in the Succah for seven days I’m not even opening the torah. I’m just dancing with the Torah, right. Cause I just have to look at the Torah and the Torah looks at me, right. And again. Have you ever seen the way children look at you? So deep, right. So holy, right.
Do you know sometimes Dari wakes me up in the middle of the night and she says to me dada, you know she’s so cute, she goes and she wakes me up in the cutest way and she says dada, I don’t want you to sleep. I say what do you want me to do?
She says I just want you to look at me. Isn’t that sweet, you know. I says you want to sleep and I should sit here and look at you? And she says yeah daddy and she’s already a sleep. Such precious moments, you know. Unbelievable, right. Unbelievable.
Track 20 Hashem Destroyed the holy Temple
You see what happened when we destroyed the holy Temple, when G-d destroyed the holy Temple. Here I want you to open your hearts in a deep way. Can I sit in the middle of the street and look at the girl I love the most? There’s traffic, right. Listen; if I want to look at her without stopping I have to take her to the house, right.
You know what it means we are driven out from G-d’s house we are living on the street? You can’t look at each other all the time, right. Be realistic, right. In the holy Temple we looked at each other the whole time.
And; I don’t know if I’ll see before Tisha B’Av but I just want you to know one thing. This is the deepest depths. Imagine this girl; I loved her the most right; suddenly we had a fight; we don’t look at each other anymore. How am I going to fix it? So listen to this. You got to open your hearts in the deepest way. I said to her listen to me. I wish you could look at me all the time but I don’t know where you are but whenever you want to look at me here’s the key to my house, you can come in anytime. I’m always ready for you to look at me.
Do you know what happened the last second when the holy Temple was destroyed? I don’t know if you remember it, I told it to you 100 times. All the young priest got together and; you know there was a balcony in the holy Temple. The Holy Temple was already burning but they didn’t leave the holy Temple, they were standing on the balcony and the high priest was with them and the high priest had the key to the holy Temple. And mamesh at the very, very last second before his balcony just fell in he said G-d we are guarding your holy Temple till the very last second.
From now on you have to guard it. And he threw the key up to heaven and they saw a hand coming from heaven taking the key.
You see, this is so deep, so deep, so deep, so deep; and you know I always tell people that the mezuzah is like throwing up the key to G-d, you know, at the door. G-d, I’m giving you the keys to my house, you know. You know what the deepest depth is? Are you doing for G-d that what you are doing for G-d? You know, a lot of people have anger in their hearts, right. So what do they do? Suddenly they get angry at all the people who are bad. They do it for G-d, right? No, they do it because they like to yell, right. What about the crusaders? They were really so concerned about the pagan world? No, they want to kill, blame it on G-d, right.
Track 21 Bilaam
Bilaam wants to kill, right, he wants to curse; I’m doing it for G-d, right. I’m a prophet and you know what he did. He was looking for something bad about the Jews, if you remember the story. He was looking for something bad and he can’t see it. Bilaam was so holy when he sees the Jews doing something wrong he can’t bare it, right. . . .
…So you see what it is. This Shabbos is such a soul cleaner, such a deep cleaner, you know. If you yell because you do something wrong just look at yourself. Are you yelling really just for the sake of G-d or are you like Bilaam who wants to curse. And this cuts right through the heart, three quarters of the Jewish establishment, right.
I don’t want to say anything bad, you know, but, -we you know those people, you know. And again, you know, like. You know when you meet those non-Bilaam people, those non-pagan people it’s so beautiful, you talk to them straight, they talk to you straight. And when you meet those Bilaam people, everything is perverted, right. Everything is perverted, nothing is straight, right. Everything is, while I am looking at you, don’t look at me, right. While I’m telling you the truth just remember I am lying, right.
Track 22 Shomer Yisroel
Track 23 Mizmor Ledavid
[sings] “Mizmor l’Dovid”….[blesses Shalom, who helped his mother]
You know sometimes you meet a person and I ask what’s your name and they say, why do you ask? I say, why not. Tell me.
Ok. My name is Max.
Where do you live?
Why do you ask?
Why not? I want you to visit me sometimes.
Ok, it takes him a half a year to write down their address and I say to them: I’m not going to send you a telegram, what’s your phone?
Why do you ask!
What do you think I’ll do with your phone number? Sell it? Well, you know what their problem is? Pagan perversion, right. Pagan perversion.
So you meet a person, everything is so 1:49 straight, so sweet, and again; you know the acid test to you know if it it’s straight is how do children react. That’s the acid test because children don’t know how to lie, right. You ask a child what’s your name they’ll tell you, right? No, because they are ashamed to tell you is something else, you know, right. But not because they don’t want to tell you, right.
Like Dari doesn’t want to tell her name because she doesn’t know yet how to; she thinks maybe I don’t say it right. So I say, Dari, should I tell it for you? She says, yes, you know, she wants people to know her name, you know but she doesn’t yet have the courage to say it on her own, you know. Something else, you know, it’s not pagan, you know, it’s just those little angels that didn’t make it to the world yet.
[continues singing] the Lord is my shepherd….
Track 24 Talk Soft, Talk loud, Bilam
Let m tell you something. How do you know how much you love somebody, you know? A very simple way. If you look at each other straight, you love each other, right. It’s such a deep thing, it’s so deep, so deep. It’s like I’m relating to you on a non-pagan level. Cause paganism is not true, you know. It just doesn’t exist, right. It’s just an illusion.
And I want to tell you something; I travel all over the world, I’m sure you too. And I’m invited into people’s homes. You don’t even have to watch the way they talk to each other. The husband walks through the door, the way they say hello to each other. Do they look at each other one-second longer?
I have another thing, which is very important to me. You know, when a husband and wife say hello to each other do they 0:59 talk soft or do they talk loud. When they talk loud nothing between them, right. No secret. When they talk soft, it’s beautiful, right.
You know what the difference is? G-d want us, -do you know the high priest in the holy of holies, how much noise he made? How much noise did he make? Even then angles couldn’t hear anything. And Bilaam, you know when he built those alters before G-d and he was yelling at the top of his lungs like a wild ox, there’s a Midrash G-d says don’t talk so loud; what are you talking so loud to me.
But it’s the same thing, you know. So what it is; if I look at somebody, they are close to each other we whisper, right, but when I want you to look at me and we are far away; I got to yell, right.
Bilaam is yelling at G-d all the time.
Moshe Rabbeinu, you know, you know what the Medrash says when Moshe Rabbeinu was talking to G-d it was so soft, so soft
Weekly portion of the week based on Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Teaching…