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Parashat Balak (June 22, 2013)
by Rabbi David M. Posner

AT THE VERY BEGINNING of this sidrah, Balaam is introduced as a prophet from the city of Pethor on the Euphrates River, in the land of Amo. The place names Pethor and Amo actually are known from Akkadian cuneiform texts. And coming from a city on the Euphrates, Balaam lived in an environment that was just perfect for prophecy and ripe with soothsayers.

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