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Reading the Bible Very Slowly : Balak, בָּלָק Balak (destroyer), Numbers 22:2-25:9

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Balak (בָּלָק — Hebrew for “Balak,” a name, the second word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 40th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the seventh in the book of Numbers. It constitutes Numbers 22:2–25:9. The parashah is made up of 5,357 Hebrew letters, 1,455 Hebrew words, and 104 verses, and can occupy about 178 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).[1] Jews generally read it in late June or July. The lunisolar Hebrew calendar contains up to 55 weeks, the exact number varying among years. In most years (for example, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ), parashah Balak is read separately. In some years (for example, 2009, when the second day of Shavuot fell on a Sabbath in the Diaspora), parashah Balak is combined with the previous parashah, Chukat, to help achieve the appropriate number of weekly readings.
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 17:00
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