Justice, part 1


I think he was a real prophet, Bilaam [Sifre on Deut. 357]
though I don’t think he spoke God
that is — he didn’t bless
he didn’t curse
he didn’t have the power of either [Meam Loez]
words do not curse
there is no such power
(still — we will defeat ourselves
if left alone).

— Nor did he have the power to bless
we were already blessed! [Meam Loez]

Something missing in his vision don’t you know
he was blind in one eye [Numbers 24:3 and Sanh. 15a]
he was missing the eye that sees his own smallness
with his good eye he saw the greatness of God
— he was that kind of prophet. [Hacohen al HaTorah, v.4, p.115]

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