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Moshiach’s Donkey: A Drama in Four Acts

A Tale of 4 Donkeys: The One of Bilam, Avraham, Moshe & Moshiach

1 hr 48 min

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Why does the donkey hold such prominence in the story of Bilam and in Jewish history? Bilam’s donkey was apparently created on the first Friday of history. Then, we are taught, that Moshe used the same donkey once used by Avraham. And that Moshiach will come riding on that same donkey! Moshiach's donkey has a long, prestigious history. But why is it the donkey that features so prominently? What is the symbolism?

Time and again the donkey makes its appearance through the generations, surfacing at key junctures of the messianic process. Each time we see it fulfilling the same function, but in a slightly different manner -- reflecting the changes our world undergoes as it develops toward its ultimate state of perfection.

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    Eli -5 years ago

    New insight

    Listening to the shiur gave me a deeper understanding of the passuk- 

    יודע צדיק נפש בהמתו

    - A tzadik really understands his "chamor".

     

    Thank you for a wonderful shiur!

     

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    Eli -5 years ago

    Even My Chamor says thanks for a transformative experience!

    Wow.  These tape are transformative.

    Many thanks and blessings,

    Eli,

    Crown Heights

     

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    Moshe Susman -6 years ago

    After understanding Bilaam's relationship with the אתון and חומר
    I began to understand the end of the parsha. זמרי and כזבי their relationship and behavior was what Bilaam represented and the exact opposite of the praise tznius that he gave with מה טובו אהליך.
    They were the exact opposite of tznius and where do Bnai Yisroel cry out in front of the ״אהל ״מועד
    What then occurred was Pinchas taking a spear and killing them it seems that the angel with a dagger standing before Bilaam and the donkey and what their relationship represented was a prophetic vision and foretold what would happen at the end of the parsha as those who acted like Bilaam were killed by the spear/dagger through the act of Pinchas
    It is also intriguing that at the end of the parshas Balak, Pinchas kills זמרי וכזבי
    With a רמח the same letters as discussed earlier in the shiur
    Thank you for your wonderful shiurim

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    mordechai -6 years ago

    I am in the middle of listening to Rebbes shiur on the four donkeys. Once again superb! Very much in line with the Torah from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on bris milah.
    I just wanted to share one heara that I had. Perhaps we could suggest that these three madreigos is represented in the Mishnah of harbei lamaditi meirabosai, yoser meichaveirai umeitalmidai yoser meikulam. In the end we learn the most from the one we saw as the talmid. The guf teaches the neshoma something about Hashem that it didn't know. Just a thought.

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    Rahel F Adye -6 years ago

    i am gratified that my belief in the role of
    guf/chamor as the more profound purveyor of geula consciousness (rather
    than the neshama) is ratified and underscored. Wow!

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    K -6 years ago

    Where is it saying that Biloms osoin was the one created bein hashmushes?

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      Yitzchak Gershovitz -2 years ago

      Pirkey avot

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    sam -8 years ago

    I recall the 3 stages avrohom/moshe/moshiach from a sicha. probably more than one.
    For Avrohom; how do you reconcile the Bris? That would seem like level two of Moshe.

    two possible answers- based on rusty memories:

    1) the bris had to happen as prep for Matan Torah. needed one mitzvah as a bridge
    2) during the bris, it seems like there are two elements:
    a) the rambam about being michalesh the Ayver- that is more of teaching the donkey that he is a donkey. in this level of Bris, you are letting the body know that it is a physical body and desires need to be curbed as a result.
    b) the mitzvah of having children- a much higher level

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    Elie -8 years ago

    Fascinating the point about Yaakov Avinu saying to Esav he had "Shor Vachamor", two different levels.

    IN Devarim (22: 10) the Torah prohibits ploughing with a shor and chamor together...!

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    mendel -8 years ago

    Can you give some practical examples of what you mean by in the times of Moshiach we will ultimately need to ask our body for its needs.....

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    Yochanan Gordon -8 years ago

    I once saw in a Reshima of the Rebbe that the appelation Ben Dovid intimates the state of redemption amidst a lowly state in the Jewish people. Why then does Pirkei D'Rebbi Elazar write "This is the Chamor which Ben Dovid will in the future be revealed upon" Furthermore, Rashi who takes his interpretation from the Pirkei D'Rebbi Elazar deviates from Ben Dovid to Moshiach... ?

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    fred -8 years ago

    where are the source sheets?

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