Moshe and Purim Part Eight

Mar 16th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
Transcribed and Prepared by Anna Beller: Listen to this passuk in the torah- reshit goyim Amalek– Amalek is the mightiest of all nations- beacharitam– but in their end- adi yoveid– they will be destroyed by adi. So the Gemara says what is adi? Ayin, dalet. Yud–  ad delo yada.

Amalek is also according to the zohar symbolized by the snake.  And of course the first word that God says after the sin- hamin me etz haddat– the Gemara says don’t say hamin but Haman– or the Gemara says that Ain ha torah nitmah ela be ochlei Haman- that torah can only be given to people who eat maan. So the Gemara says what are you talking about its not ochle ha maan but ochleh Haman– the people who destroy Haman, and it’s true, the only time you have a acceptance of the oral law are when the people ate Haman- those who destroyed Haman.

But this idea of rechiet goyim Amalek is also a very fundamental idea. The fact that they’re considered the king of all nations, they are not considered. Every one thinks that Amalek is here and the Jewish people are here. The Gemara says ain ben Amalek uh benei yisrael ellah kchut te saarah –the only difference between Amalek and the Jewish people was the thread of a hair. The difference is so subtle that most of us miss it. For people to tell you Amalek believes that God doesn’t run the world, and the Jewish people believe that God does run the world is not true because then its not kchut ha-saarah– that’s number one. You will read in every book in Jewish literature that Amalek believes in chance and the Jewish people don’t believe in chance, that’s not exactly true.

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