The Torah portion is in Exodus. It’s called “Tetzaveh” – “command” as in God telling Moses to command the Jews certain things.
This weekend is also “Shabbat Zachor” meaning we are commanded to remember (“Zachor”) how Amalek attacked us when we left Egypt, very weary.
The verses about Amalek attacking us are so important that we are commanded to hear them spoken. Today in synagogue they read the verses twice, just to make sure all attendees physically witnessed this.
See Deut. 25:17-19. chabad.org/library/bible_…
“On the Shabbat before Purim, the holiday on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite’s plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Torah reading is supplemented with the Zachor ("Remember!") reading”
Zachor – PurimWhen the Israelites left Egypt, no nation dared pick a fight with them. Only Amalek, driven by profound hatred which defied logic, came to wage battle.
“(Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth.”
“When the Israelites left Egypt, no nation dared pick a fight with them….Only Amalek, driven by profound hatred which defied logic, came to wage battle.”
Deut. 25:17 — “You shall remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you went out of Egypt.”
18 – “How he happened upon you on the way and cut off all the stragglers at your rear, when you were faint and weary, and he did not fear God.”
19 – “[Therefore,] it will be, when the Lord your God grants u respite from all your enemies around [u] in the land which the Lord, your God, gives to you as an inheritance to possess, that u shall obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens.U shall not forget!”
The question I have is…why is it so important that each and every Jewish man hear these verses spoken?
It NEVER happens that they literally read the Torah TWICE to make sure you don’t miss something.
Well, we have been talking about it today. Can Warren be rehabbed?
The Torah seems to be pointing out here that there are 2 kinds of bad guys.
The ones who retreat from a fight when needed are normal.
The ones who just keep attacking out of blind rage are not normal. They must be eliminated from the earth.
God is warning us that if we don’t take care of a threat like this when we can contain it, it will escalate and overrun us.
The supplemental reading hints at future disaster.
“The special Zachor haftorah (I Samuel 15:2-34) discusses G‑d’s command to King Saul to destroy the people of Amalek.” google.com/search?q=saul+…
“Haftorah” means “additional” or “supplemental.”
King Saul disobeys God and is dethroned.
“Samuel [the prophet] conveys to King Saul G‑d’s command to wage battle against the Amalekites, and to leave no survivors—neither human nor beast.”
Parshat Zachor Haftorah in a Nutshell – Zachor – Parshah
“Saul mobilizes the Israelite military and attacks Amalek. They kill the entire population with the exception of the king, Agag, and they also spare the best of the cattle and sheep.”
Saul had mercy on the merciless.
In the end, as David is slated to replace him, the weak Saul becomes quite paranoid – and wants the young and powerless David dead.
In a future generation, Amalek comes back as Haman. In Iran. Who cooks up a plot to kill all the Jews (and nearly succeeds).
It’s a very profound lesson here.
Don’t have mercy on people who act like beasts.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.