RENEWAL.

Author:Austerklein, Rabbi Elyssa Joy
Position:SHOULD JEWS AT THE SEDER ASK GOD TO SMITE OUR ENEMIES?
 
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On the Shabbat before Purim, we read a special Torah passage that asks us to "blot out the name of Amalek; don't forget!" When I say those words, I am thinking about what Amalek represents, rather than about an individual leader or tribe of people. Ultimately, it is the injustices Amalek exemplifies--kicking those who are down, committing dishonorable acts of war and attacking from behind rather than face to face--that are worth blotting out.

Similarly, at the seder, we ask God to smite those who don't recognize God. Such people become identified as our "enemies" because their values are anathema to our own. In...

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