Weekly Torah Portion - Balak
A few years ago, I heard a wonderful drash by parents to their son who became bar mitzvah with this parashah. His parents told him to learn the lessons of this week's portion, including that even when it is difficult and people don't want to hear you, stick to it and be the donkey!
This week's link is from Daf HaShavuah from United Synagogue London. One excerpt of it is (note that they spell Balaam Bile'am),
"From Bile'am, we see that challenges often beat us. Even changing positions did not enable him to successfully curse the Jewish people. However, in the challenges that we face, in our struggles to succeed, maybe we should try to view the situation from a different angle, from a new perspective or with a fresh approach. In this way, we might find that a problem is not insurmountable, that what appears to be a blessing is not always so and that a curse is not necessarily a curse."
Read the whole commentary.
Go and study!
Be the donkey!