Ibn Ezra wrote in his comment on Devarim 1:2, "If you
understand the secret of the twelve...you will recognize the truth." But what was the secret, and why did he conceal it? This source sheet explores the twelve passages in the Torah referenced by Ibn Ezra and their reception.
The strange story of Bilaam, powerful seer who is nonetheless less prescient than his own talking donkey, is told in Parashat Balak. It is explored and expounded in the Tanakh itself and in rabbinic literature, forming the basis for the comments of the mefarshim.