Balak–Why the NSA should read Talmud

“Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe.”  (Numbers 24:2)

The Talmud has a different take on “how fair are your tents.”  From tractate Bava Batra:

“‘Balaam . . . saw Israel.’  What did he see? He saw that their tent openings were not facing each other, so that they could not peek into each other’s tents. Admiring their modesty and decency, Balaam declared, ‘People such as these deserve to have the Shechinah* rest upon them.’ ” (60a).

*the divine presence


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