Sunday, July 24, 2016

Parashat Balak, 5776/2016 thoughts (slightly belated)

Regarding the parashah/Torah portion that we read in synagogue yesterday, see the basics here.

And here's a link to my previous posts concerning Parashat Balak/Parshat Balak.

Question:  Why does Bil'am get blamed in midrash (rabbinic interpretive story) for having incited the Moabite and Midianite women to lure the Israelite men into sexual immorality and/or pagan-cult sex?  Was sex as a weapon of war unknown to the ancient rabbis, that it never occurred to them that the women themselves may have initiated this behavior in order to disarm in bed an enemy that couldn't be defeated in battle?

Have an easy fast.


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