Remember Amalek

As Jews, Hashem tells us to remember Amalek.  The Jews have had no shortage of enemies and our enemies have no shortage of bad middos.  But Hashem specifically wants us to remember this enemy, Amalek.  Even when Moshiach comes and Hashem brings us to Eretz Yisrael, remember Amalek.  Amalek is important.

And, for some reason, when Jews talk about Amalek, the discussion revolves around different iterations of physically destroying Amalek, Who is Amalek? (so you can kill him), could you kill baby Hitler (Amalek), etc.  But the pasukim don’t seem to focus on this physical destruction.   

Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. 18 When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of G-d. 19 When the Lord your G-d gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!

The pasukim say (1) Remember what Amalek did, (2a) Amalek preyed on the Jews who were at the back of the pack, the weakest of the Jews, (2b) Amalek had no fear of G-d, (3) When Moshaich comes and Hashem brings you to Eretz Yisrael, when you, so to speak, experience heaven on earth, remove the name of Amalek, and (4) Don’t forget.

While we learn from the chochomim that G-d is telling us to wipe out Amalek physically, what is clear is two-fold: that, today, we do not know who Amalek is and that this is not the essense of this mitzvah.  the essense of this mitzvah is to recognize the specific trait that Hashem deplores so much, preying on the weak.  Our enemies have committed horrible, egregious acts, any number that Hashem could ask us to take notice of, but He hones in on preying on the weak.  Then, now, and when Hashem takes us to Eretz Yisrael, do not forget this horrible trait of Amalek.  Yet, consistently, for some reason, on the Shabbas that we’re supposed to remember Amalek, the drashot, the discussions focus on physically wiping out Amalek.  An odd thing…

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