Structure for Success
Parashat Balak

Dena Weiss

Although Bila’am had initially intended to curse the Jewish people, as per his contract with King Balak, when the time came he ended up blessing us instead.  The opening of his blessing is the verse of מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב, how good are your tents, Ya’akov which is traditionally recited upon entering a synagogue to pray.  Although it is unlikely that Bila’am himself was referring to places of worship, this verse does teach us about the value of building institutions and structures as part of our efforts to do good and contribute good to the world.

Structure for Success
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