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Remind yourself of what truly matters, which things in life contain real value and which matters are more transient.
Smoke filled the air as little men jumped from the dark and ominous dreaded pirate ship, The Amalek. "Oh no..." the captain groaned when he realized that this wasn't just any group of pirates.
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.”
There is nothing superfluous in G‑d’s world. So what is the purpose of an anti-Semite? Just that—to remind Jews that they are Jewish!
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...
The skeptic can destroy, in an instant, understandings and commitments that take years to establish. What makes it difficult to contend with is his imperviousness to argument or debate. This is the spirit of the Biblical Amalek...
The Torah instructs us to remember Amalek's evil deed of ambushing the Israelites on their way from Egypt. Amalek symbolizes the ultimate evil: pure chutzpah; yet in remembering this lies a profound positive message.
War
Love is the hallmark of Judaism; some of us even claim that we taught that word to the world. This Shabbat, however, we will stand in our synagogues and listen to a reading from the Torah that tells us to hate.
Popular culture portrays the single life is as one long party, while those condemned to domesticity supposedly arrive home to a daily drudgery enlivened only by the occasional fight. High-profile divorce cases, mothers-in-law, and a growing communal accep...
For survivors of trauma, the ability to let go of frightful memories is essential to the healing process.
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