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Lev Lalev presents a Torah thought

 

Lost in the excitement of the Purim holiday is the fact that on the Shabbat before Purim we read a special portion of the Torah about Amelek. Our Rabbis require us to not only read it, but to remember Amelek and wipe him out of our memory. The question asked is why this evil king and his nation should be obliterated from our memory.

I would like to offer two answers to this question. Amelek attacked the Jewish people immediately after they crossed the Red Sea. Most Rabbis learn that the sin of Amelek was that despite his understanding and recognition of the Ten Plagues and the drowning of the entire Egyptian army, he nevertheless attacked the people of Israel and in doing so attacked the G-d of Israel. Amelek was so focused on destroying the Jewish Nation that he was not deterred from his evil impulses

Another more subtle explanation can be found by learning the specific passuk (sentence).”Vayezanev bcha kal hanecashalam achraecha”. He attacked those who were falling behind including the weak, the faint, and the exhausted. In other words Amelek decided to attack the vulnerable.

Indeed there are two types of people in the world. There are those who draw their strength from what they can do for those less fortunate. Then there are those whose strength comes from picking on and taking advantage of the weak. We at Lev Lalev Orphanage and Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel are blessed with friends who unlike Amelek provide help and support for those who are weak. We appreciate all of you who support the orphans and the disadvantaged.

Immediately following Shabbat we read the wonderful story of Esther, a heroine who along with her Uncle Mordechai saved the Jewish people from destruction. It is a day of great joy and celebration. Those of you who live in a walled city such as Jerusalem celebrate Purim on Monday.  So whether your Purim is on Sunday or Monday have fun, and enjoy.

Shabbat Shalom,

SHP

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