Balak: Bil’am’s blessing

Can we hear God speak,
affirming His presence
with eyes unveiled?

Can we reclaim the blessing
that our dwelling places
will once again be fair?

Can we hasten the day
when the star shoots forth from Jacob
and the scattered sparks are gathered?

Bil’am, whose eyes were opened by God, looked down on the Israelite encampment and saw the sanctity and mutual respect within the community.
Tradition teaches that the star emanating from Jacob refers to the Messiah. Nachmanides envisaged the ingathering of the exile, but the gathering of the sparks could also be the Lurianic vision of tikkun olam.


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