When Bilaam begins to prophesize, he says, “May I die the death of the righteous, and in the afterlife, let me be like the righteous.” But we know that Bilaam was killed by Pinchas in a not positive way, so it would therefore seem that this prophecy is not true. Bilaam did not die the death of the righteous. So, why in the Torah would it say a prophesy that is a lie? The Ari tells us it is because the secret of this is that Bilaam was reincarnated as Naval.
What is the story? The Ari says there are incarnations of Bilaam that we know of: as Laban, who was a negative person, then as Bilaam, and then, the Ari says Bilaam’s next incarnation was as a rock. Because Bilaam used his mouth to curse, he was reincarnated as a stone so he couldn’t use his mouth. Then his next incarnation was as a person named Naval, who lived during the time when Saul still considered himself king, but King David... read more