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Saturday, July 16, 2005


Haftorah of Balak

O My people, remember what Balak king of Moad devised, and what Balaam the son Beor answered him; the events from Shittim to Gilgal, so that you may know G_d's righteous acts.

With what shall I come before G_d, and bow myself before G_d on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves?

Will G_d be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has told you, O man, what is good, and what G_d requires of you: Only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your G_d. --translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, ztz'l.

Thank you for your always uplifting comments on my blog and about my blog. Wow.

You are so right. 'Simple offerings' fits so well with the haftarah, which I did not read till Saturday. Coincidence?

Anyway, that's a lovely interpretation offered here. I'm just surprised you did not offer a comment of your own!

Kol hakavod!
I had the privilege of reading the Haftarah this Shabbat from the Bimah. That is one of my all-time favorite verses.
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