Daily Zohar # 4045 – Balak – A fool without a sword
Daily Zohar 4045
451. וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם לָאָתוֹן כִּי הִתְעַלַּלְתְּ בִּי. הָיָה לוֹ לִצְחֹק מִמֶּנָּה, וְהוּא הֵשִׁיב כְּטִפְּשׁוּת דְּבָרֶיהָ לְעֻמָּתָהּ. אָז צָחֲקוּ מִמֶּנּוּ, וְנִהְיָה קַל בְּעֵינֵיהֶם, וְיָדְעוּ שֶׁהוּא שׁוֹטֶה. וּמָה אָמַר? כִּי הִתְעַלַּלְתְּ בִּי לוּ יֶשׁ חֶרֶב בְּיָדִי. אָמְרוּ: שׁוֹטֶה זֶה יָכוֹל לְהַשְׁמִיד עַמִּים בְּפִיו, אֵיךְ לֹא יָכוֹל לְהַשְׁמִיד אֶת אֲתוֹנוֹ וְהוּא צָרִיךְ חֶרֶב?! וְלָמַדְנוּ שֶׁאֵין כֹּחַ בַּבְּהֵמוֹת לְהַשְׁרוֹת עֲלֵיהֶן רוּחַ אַחֶרֶת. שֶׁאִם יֹאמְרוּ בְּנֵי אָדָם, אִם יְדַבְּרוּ הַבְּהֵמוֹת כַּמָּה דַעַת שָׁלֵם יוֹצִיאוּ לָעוֹלָם – צֵא וּלְמַד מֵאָתוֹן זוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא פָּתַח פִּיהָ, רְאֵה דְבָרֶיהָ.
Continued from previous DZ
The donkey said, “What have I done to you” meaning, “is it in my power to do good or bad” because animals do not behave except as they are driven. Even though the donkey was in great trouble, she was not in control because Balaam burdened her with his magic, and under his control, she stopped.
Balaam should have laughed at her words, but instead, he answered her stupidly.
“וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם לָאָתוֹן כִּי הִתְעַלַּלְתְּ בִּי לוּ יֶשׁ חֶרֶב בְּיָדִי כִּי עַתָּה הֲרַגְתִּיךְ.”
“And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now, I would kill you!”
Balak’s officials that accompanied Balaam laughed at him. He looked stupid in their eyes, and they knew that he was a fool. Balaam said, “because you abused me. If I had a sword in my hand?…” The ministers thought this fool was boasting that he could destroy nations with his mouth; how can he not destroy a donkey and also needs a sword for that?
We learned that there is no power in animals to imbue them with a spirit of wisdom. And if people say, if animals could talk, much wisdom would come into the world, we examine and learn from the words of the donkey whose mouth was opened by the Holy One, Blessed be He.