Over at one of the other of the blogs I write for, Sefer Ha-Bloggadah, a daf yomi-style exploration of Sefer Ha-Aggadah, I wrote this on today’s reading:
Like prominent Jblogger DovBear, I’m all for reversing negative perceptions of minor character traditionally cast as villains. Today’s selection from Sefer Ha-Aggadah is a perfect chance to do just that.
And Goc came upon Balaam, whosaid until Him: “I have prepared seven altars.” […] Balaam was like the moneychanger who gave false weights. The chief of the market, becoming aware of it, asked the moneychanger, “Why are you cheating by giving false weights?” The latter said, “I have already taken care of you with a gift sent to your home.” So too Balaam.