Israel Forever

For the week ending 15 March 2008 / 8 Adar II 5768

A Need to Remember

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"Remember – do not forget!"

These are the dramatic words which Jews throughout the world will hear in their synagogues this Shabbat Parshat Zachor when the special additional reading of the Torah recounts the battle with Amalek and commands us to remember the evil of that enemy.

Although we are not in a position today to fulfill the command to wipe out Amalek we must still strive to eliminate what Amalek represents — a total lack of fear of G-d.

This is something every Jew is capable of doing by reinforcing his own fear of G-d and his awareness that just as we have survived the attacks of all the Amaleks of history, we will merit to see the fulfillment of the Divine promise to wipe out the quintessential Amalek and secure Israel forever.

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