Shabbat Shalom: Chukat-Balak

Posted on June 30, 2023

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Greetings:

Torah Question of the Week: Have you ever had an animal protect you? Were you grateful for it or frustrated by it? In this week’s Torah portion, Bil’am, the priest sent to curse the Israelites by the Moabite king Balak, has a donkey that tries to protect him by preventing him from traveling. First the donkey goes into a field, then against a wall, and finally she sits down in the road. Balak beats her and it is only after the donkey speaks to him that he realizes she was protecting him from the angel with a drawn sword that was blocking his way. Animals have different instincts but they cannot speak to us to tell us when they are protecting us. How can we listen to what they tell us?

Shabbat Shalom TBAY! Please join us for Shabbat Services this week as we celebrate our annual Pride Shabbat! Pride Shabbat will take place at Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and On Saturday, our summer hours begin. Our Shabbat morning service will start at the usual time of 9:30 a.m., but it will be shorter and will end at approximately 11:00 a.m. Both are multi-access – both in person and on Zoom. To register to come in person, please go to The Zoom links can be found in the Shabbat Preview.

Shabbat Shalom!

— Rabbi Rubin : )