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where is bilaam now


Rabbi David Sperling

Sivan 10, 5782
where is bilaam now? what happened to him after he died? thank you
Shalom, Thank you for your question. There is a section of the Talmud that addresses your question. I quote it here, in full, and hope that it is of some interest to you. Talmud, Gittin 57a “Onkelos then went and raised Balaam from the grave through necromancy. He said to him: Who is most important in that world where you are now? Balaam said to him: The Jewish people. Onkelos asked him: Should I then attach myself to them here in this world? Balaam said to him: You shall not seek their peace or their welfare all the days (see Deuteronomy 23:7). Onkelos said to him: What is the punishment of that man, a euphemism for Balaam himself, in the next world? Balaam said to him: He is cooked in boiling semen, as he caused Israel to engage in licentious behavior with the daughters of Moab.” Blessings.
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