Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Balak

29This week in the diaspora we’re studying Balak, which recounts the story of Balak, King of Moab and the rasha (wicked) Bilaam who was hired (and failed) to curse the Israelites.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 22:2-12 (11 p’sukim)

2: 22:13-20 (8 p’sukim)

3: 22:21-38 (18 p’sukim)

4: 22:39-23:12 (15 p’sukim)

5: 23:13-26 (14 p’sukim)

6: 23:27-24:13 (17 p’sukim)

7: 24:14-25:9 (21 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Micah 5:6 – 6:8.

The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s portion is 79.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bamidbar by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will continue to focus on the middot (character trait) yosher translated as honesty or integrity. 

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Yosher (Honesty). Under this attribute, write out the suggested practices. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • Be careful: Honesty does not mean being truthful to the point of causing another pain.
  • Strive to be the same person inside the home as well as outside the home.
  • Do not exaggerate.
  • Be loyal and devoted to family and friends through being transparent and taking responsibility for my actions.


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Blessings and Shalom for a good week,