Remember Amalek

On Shabbat Zachor, the special shabbat before Purim, we remember the name of Amalek, the tribe which attacked the rear of the children of Israel shortly after they escaped from Egypt.

“The parashat Zachor and its haftara bring forcibly to mind the struggle between good and evil that lies beneath the merriment of the celebration of Purim”, writes Rabbi Rodney Mariner.

“The safety valve of Purim was the means by which an impotent people purged itself of hatred for small or greater abuses of power by destroying an effigy of its tormentors.”

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