Parashat Balak / פרשת בלק

Parashat Balak / by: Rav Dror moshe Cassouto

This week’s parasha helps teach us how to “expand our vessels” that are vital to living a blessed and fulfilling life. In other words, how we can make ourselves into big vessels that can contain the godliness, bounty (shefa) that the creator is just waiting to bestow upon his creations. The letters of the word Balak are “Ohr KaBale” (accepted) however, if you change the order of the letters and the vowels it becomes “kaVal” (complained) (written with a “vet”; without a dot). Just one “V” sound transforms the meaning of the word from accept to complained. Balak is one of the first husks that bring down hatred of Am Yisroel into the world. A person can protect himself from this husk but they should still be careful not to be negatively affected by it, chas v’shalom. But thanks to HaShem’s kindness, he gives us the hints and advice that we need to protect ourselves.

If you accept upon yourself whatever HaShem brings into your life, by that you can save yourself from that husk called “Balak.” However, if a person complains on the private supervision of HaShem, by that they actually accept and expose themselves to that husk which could damage them, chas v’shalom. It’s easier said than done to accept upon yourself what HaShem brings into your life with love. Rabbeinu teaches that the main (ickar) way of doing teshuva is to accept insult and if the person is quiet and doesn’t answer with either his mouth or heart and doesn’t become resentful or angry despite the insult, he succeeded in doing teshuva. To achieve this level in avodat HaShem in which you’re going to love the person that rebukes you is a very high level that demands a lot of effort, practice and prayer. The Mishnah tells us that we need to accept our difficulties in life with love. To accept them by themselves, that’s not enough. Not to argue, it’s also not good enough. You need to learn how to accept them with LOVE! Only by that will you be able to protect yourself from the husk of “Balak.”

One way of explaining HaShem’s “anger” is that a person can verbally complain but it’s even worse if he has a complaint in his heart since any internal complaint is a form of heresy. It’s like a worm that eats a person’s heart from within, chas v’shalom. A person’s own stupidity (without even realizing it) can “twist” their path in life and when they end up with “bad results” a few years later, they blame and feel bitterness towards HaShem. Every person should purify his heart from all kinds of anger, lack of faith and always nullify themselves to the highest will of them all; HaShem’s will. We should have only one desire in our lives which is to be as HaShem wishes us to be; exactly how he wants us to be, we should also want, to be. Furthermore, not that we should be but rather that we should want! Like the Mishnah says that you should make your will to be like HaShem’s; not your actions because a person cannot decide how he’ll act in some unpredictable time of intense stress or difficulty. In that time, a person’s real level is revealed. And your level is measured by your will. To the degree that you desire HaShem, will determine your ability to stand strong in times of tests of holiness and purity. The main thing we need to work on is our will. We need to want to love HaShem with all of our heart and soul, and remove all bitterness and sadness from our hearts one prayer at a time.

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Shabbat Shalom U’Mevorach