Bil’am the Frummy

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Was there any time in his life, before or after he was given prophetic powers, when Bil’am had the right attitude? Why rule out the possibility that he was in it for his own power, prestige, and money all along?

    • micha says:

      I am not sure what you are responding to, since I did not try to analyze Bil’am’s history at all.

      I just hold him up as an example of someone who maintains a close relationship with G-d, but isn’t a good person. And thus suggest that maybe in the medrash, Hashem is holding him up to the nations as an example to say: your excuse of “we had no prophet” misses the point. You don’t need prophecy in-and-of-itself, you need morality.

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