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Amalek, the Nation of

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Amalek, the Nation of: Biblical Canaanite nation descending from Esau's grandson, Amalek. Legendary foe of the Jewish people; the first nation to attack the Jewish people after the exodus from Egypt.
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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.
Old Account Settled, Samuel Rebukes Saul
Nemesis of G‑dliness
Amalek is the psychic and cosmic nemesis of all that is pure and G‑dly in man and in creation. How is he overcome? The key lies in a single word: “Remember.”
For an informed reading of I Samuel 15:2–34
The haftarah recounts the story of a time when Amalek was almost eliminated, but not quite entirely.
"כי תצא למלחמה על איביך ונתנו ה' אלקיך בידך" “When you will go out to war against your enemies, and G‑d, your G‑d, will deliver them into your hand.” (21:10) QUESTION: Instead of “ki teitzei lamilchamah” — “when you will go out to war” — it should have sa...
Erasing the Memory of Amalek
We are commended to remember how the nation of Amalek attacked our people following the Exodus. What is the spiritual meaning behind this mitzvah?
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Beshalach
Amalek and G-d's Name
After fighting a war with the nation of Amalek, Moses says (Exodus 17:16) “There is a hand on the throne of G-d [swearing] that there shall be a war of G-d against Amalek from generation to generation.” In this verse, G-d's four-letter name is missing the...
Why were we not commanded simply to expel Amalek, like the other nations inhabiting the Land? Why did we have to eradicate them?
On Fighting Ice with Ice
How do we fight inner coldness? Well, the most obvious antidote to ice is heat. With enough heat you could melt a glacier. But there's another way...
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