Zachor: Obliterating Amalek



Torah is the quintessential benevolent book – “Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.” How then can a benevolent Torah advocate the total obliteration of a nation: You shall obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens.

Is this not something ISIS would do?

How can this be righteous? How can this be a mitzvah? How can this be the Torah way?

Indeed, how can slaughtering men, women and children be commanded by God just because of they have the wrong kind of DNA – the Amalekite DNA?

And how is this relevant today when this eradication is not applicable?

Perhaps the answer lies in Holocaust survivors’ concentration camp memory, which was retold in the post 9/11 episode of the hit TV show, The West Wing.


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