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Friday, 16 Tamuz, 5779 - July 19, 2019
Summary of Today's Chumash
In the sixth aliyah, since Bilam didn't curse the Jews in the last aliyah, Balak now again takes him to another place, the top of Peor, and Balak hopes that Bilam can curse the Jews from there. Again Rashi says that Balak knew this to be an unfavorable place for the Jews. Now for a third time they build seven altars and make offerings. Then Bilam begins, and blesses Israel a third time, this time with the famous blessing of "How goodly are your tents, oh Yakov" interpreted by Rashi to mean that he saw their tents arranged not opposite one another for the sake of tzniousness (modesty).