Part 1 | Pharaoh’s Consultation
Torah Sources: The beginning of the Egyptian servitude, the Talmud’s description of Pharaoh’s consultation, and some biographical details about our protagonists, Bilaam, Job and Jethro.
Part 2 | The Ill-Fated Advice
The Rebbe’s Sicha: Bilaam and Job were punished for their part, not so much for the harm they brought on the Israelites but for seeking to please others. They lacked backbone and principle—and that was their greatest defect.
Part 3 | Jethro Takes a Stand
The Sicha, continued: Jethro made a choice that seemed useless. But a person’s inner character must always drive him to take a stand, even when it seems momentarily ineffective.