Judaism: The Temple Institute on the Parsha: G-d's Mercy
Rabbi Chaim RichmanRabbi Chaim Richman is the Director of the International Department of...
Some commandments, such as shiluach haken - the chasing away of the mother bird before taking her eggs or chicks - are expressions of G-d's mercy.
Other commandments, such as the commandment to utterly destroy Amalek, come to show us that mercy alone cannot sustain the world, and that the revelation of G-d's mercy alone cannot define our commitment to perform His commandments.
Both commandments are in our Torah reading for this week.