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Amalek: Judaism’s Genocidal War Against “Anti-Semites”

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The obligation to kill every single Amalekite, only applies in a case where they refuse to accept the fundamental mitzvoth which the Torah places upon all of the Children of Noah. They were the first anti-Semites.

By Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Arutz Sheva
February 28, 2012

Remembering Amalek

In order to better understand our relation to the nation of Amalek and the great importance the Torah places on the remembrance of this nation’s evil acts, we must take note of the fact that there are three explicit Torah commandments regarding Amalek.

The first commandment is to “remember that which Amalek did to you on the way, while you were leaving Egypt” (Deut. 25:17). In addition to being commanded to remember what they did to us, we are also commanded not to forget, as it is written: “Do not forget” (Ibid. 19). And finally there is a positive mitzvah to obliterate the entire nation of Amalek from the world, as it is written, “And when God allows you to rest from all of your surrounding enemies, in the land which the Lord your God has given you as an inheritance to possess, obliterate all memory of Amalek from under the sky” (ibid.)

What did Amalek do to cause the Torah to take such an extreme stand, commanding us to “obliterate all memory of Amalek from under the sky”?

Amalek was the first anti-Semite.

The nation of Israel has a problem in this world. It appears that the faith-related and ideological message of the Jews causes all of the evil people in the world to attack us. This is not the place for an in-depth examination of the motives of anti-Semites throughout history, yet one thing is certain: There has never been a nation in the world so persecuted as the nation of Israel. From the destruction of the Temple, to the Crusades, the Inquisition, the pogroms of Chmelnitzki, and finally, the terrible Holocaust which struck our people fifty years ago – all the ink and paper in the world would run out before all the stories of evil done to our people by the nations could be told.

And all of this began with Amalek. At the very birth of our nation while leaving Egypt, even before we had an opportunity to organize and unify ourselves, for no cause or reason whatsoever, Amalek came and attacked. And just who did they attack? Slaves on the path to freedom after hundreds of years of bondage!

Amalek is a nation which, by its very existence, gives expression to hatred of the People of Israel, and in turn, to hatred of the Torah and of the idea of perfecting the world through God’s kingship. Therefore, the Torah commands us to wipe out the nation of Amalek.

Why Israel Requires a Special Warning to Destroy Amalek

Jews are naturally merciful and kind people; there are even many commandments in the Torah educating them towards this goal. Therefore, the mitzvah to remember and not forget the evil actions of Amalek, and to eradicate them from the world, had to be emphasized in a particularly acute fashion. Only after evil is eradicated from the world can there be complete joy. Thus on Purim, after the obliteration of Haman and his sons, happiness is especially great.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

March 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

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  1. It is not clear from this who in fact is an Amalekite–it appears that any gentile could be one. Are all gentiles Amalekites? In actu or in potentia?


    March 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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