Condolences on the passing of Michael Jacobs father of Cy Jacobs and Jason Jacobs     Condolences on the passing of Dr Errol Papert brother of Beverley Manning and Lana Nathan.     Condolences on the passing of David Suchard husband of Minette Suchard, father of Dean Suchard, Rowan Suchard and Debbie Zetisky, brother of Rabbi Suchard and Shelley Defries.     Mazeltov to Dina daughter of Rabbi Yossi and Tziporah Orkin on the occasion of her engagement to Yossi Zimbler and mazeltov to the Zimbler family.    Condolences on the passing of Rosalind Sherman mother of Russel Sherman     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Pierre Edery husband of Debbie Edery, father of Chad, Kyle and Chloe Edery, brother of Jack Edery     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Lilie Singer mother of Elaine Fienberg.     Condolences on the passing of Michael Lakofsky brother of Barbara Wachsberger.     Mazeltov to Simon and Candice Kuper on the birth of son and mazeltov to grandparents Norman and Diane Geller.    Mazeltov to Lance and Erin Schapiro on the birth of a son.    Mazeltov to Jonathan and Michal Zinman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Harold and Aileen Zinman.    Condolences on the passing of Edilene Kantor mother of Beverley Brittany     Condolences to Selwyn Burstein on the loss of his Step-Mother Lorraine Mc Cauley.
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states:

“Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his” (Numbers 23:10).

What did Bilaam mean when he said this?

We see from this statement of Bilaam that he realized the truth that one should lead a righteous life. Why then did he himself not live righteously and only wished that he could die and be rewarded as the righteous?

Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm explained that although Bilaam had an intellectual awareness of the proper way to live, in his own life he found this too difficult. Because he had faulty character traits, he was not able to live according to the ideas and principles he knew were true. (Chochma Umussar, vol.1, p. 78)

We see from here the importance of correcting one’s character traits. Without an awareness of what is proper and what is improper one cannot live righteously. However, even after one has studied and knows what is good and what is evil, he must be able to follow through in his daily behaviour. A person needs to be in control of his impulses. Having this mastery over one’s natural tendencies will enable a person to live according to his ideals. Lacking this, one will do all kinds of improper actions.

The problem is not one of knowledge, but of self-discipline. For this reason we must work on improving our character traits for only then will we be able to act righteous. The only way to die as a righteous person is to live as one, and to do this takes much self-discipline.

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