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The Saddest Erev Shabbos Of My Life

Some people wonder: How is it that the Torah commands us to KILL Amalek? Isn't that barbaric?

I just returned from the funeral of my upstairs neighbor Yochai Lifshitz HY"D. He was a gem of a boy. Sweet, good-natured, unassuming, always running to a shiur or to a minyan.

He was sitting and learning in the Beis Medrash of the Yeshiva but they were setting up for a Rosh Chodesh party, so he went to the library to learn.

Then a student of Amalek went and cruelly murdered him together with seven other innocent precious souls. There are many others who are rejoicing over this tragedy.

Now I understand.

Timche es zecher Amalek!!!

We should merit to see the coming of Moshiach and Tchiyas Hameisim speedily in our days!

[Note: The mitzva cannot be fulfilled today because according to the Rambam we need a king but I am talking philosophically. We also don't know who really descends from Amalek. We don't kill ANYONE - except in self-defense.]

Baruch Dayan Emes.

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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