Parshat Balak: Black magic, blessings and curses

07.07.2012                      17.Tammus. 5772                      Balak

Judentum:

Parshat Balak: Black magic, blessings and curses

‘How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, thy dwellings, O Israel!’ (Balak; Numbers 24:5)

‘No black magic can be effective against Jacob, and no occult powers against Israel’ (Numbers 23:23)
Who controls the fortune and destiny of nations? Does the ebb and flow of history turn nondescript, banal and ordinary individuals into great heroic personalities, or do those extraordinary heroes create for themselves the perfect historic opportunities to demonstrate their courage and heroism? Perhaps it is neither history that creates great leaders nor great leaders who create history, but rather God, the Ruler of the Universe, who plans and controls the various moves of His puppet-pawns on the great earthly chess board in order to provide the end-game which has been His purpose from the beginning of time….