Points of Light: “Wiping out Amalek”

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Somewhere on Israel’s northern front, after a visit and shiur to an artillery unit, OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander was asked by the company commander to write a “message” to our enemies on one of the rockets used to retaliate to their attacks.

And what is more appropriate than this eternal message that he wrote in indelible black marker:

“To fulfill the mitzvah and mission of obliterating Amalek” !

How is it that we remain Biblically commanded to destroy something that no longer exists? Rav Soloveitchik explains in the name of his father, Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, that the reference to Amalek is more than to the extinct nation lost to history. Rather, “Amalek” represents an eternal ideology bent on destroying the Jewish people. (Kol Dodi Dofek, Footnote 23)

Judaism never celebrates wars and their victories; we focus on perpetuating life and celebrating humanity. We continue to support our soldiers wherever they are, and pray for our ultimate victory.

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