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Before making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbi Kook, Eretz Yisrael, Art of T'shuva, War and Peace, and Torat Eretz Yisrael.
We are pleased to announce that the world famous Kabbalist, Rabbi “Rocky” Rabinowitz, will be online starting Motzei Shabbat to answer all of your Purim questions.
Until that time, we will very briefly address the special theme of Shabbat Zachor, when we are called upon to remember what Amalek did to us when we left Mitzraim, and to recall our obligation to erase the memory of Amalek from the earth after we have returned to Eretz Yisrael and overcome all of our other enemies, as it says: “when the L-rd your G-d gives you rest from all your enemies round about….”
Rashi gives us a play by play commentary detailing exactly what happened (Devarim, 25:17-19). Realizing that he couldn’t defeat us in outright combat, Amalek endeavored to first weaken our connection to Hashem. Knowing that Hashem abhors sexual transgression, Amalek sent their perverted tribesmen to lure the weakest Jews into homosexual acts. Having steeped themselves in impurity, these Jewish weaklings were cast out from the protective Clouds of Glory and Amalek pounced on them and killed them, as it says: “and smote the hindermost of thee, all that were feeble in the rear,” Then Rashi relates how Amalek castrated their victims and threw their organs heavenward, mocking G-d in saying, “Look at your holy chosen ones – what’s the difference between their behavior and ours?”
Since Amalek strove to destroy us spiritually as well as physically, we are called upon to remember our duty to wipe out his memory from the earth, especially on the Shabbat before Purim when we once again meet up with Amalek in the guise of his wicked offspring Haman.
Regarding Amalek today, as we previously noted, it is no longer clear who Amalek is ever since his seed was scattered amongst the nations. While the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Metzger, declared that the subhuman killers of the Fogel family were certainly Amalek, we cannot say that all Arabs belong to Amalek. Therefore, we certainly cannot kill all Arabs in the name of the commandment to destroy Amalek (assuming that we had already met the pre-condition of have achieved rest in our Land). However, we could expel all Arabs from our Land.
The problem is clear. For instance, after the murder of the Fogels, may Hashem avenge their blood, an inner government security cabinet met to decide how to react. In addition to the promise to track the killers down, they (Netanyahu, Barak, Began, Boogie, and Vilnai) decided to build 500 new homes in the established block of larger settlements that are to remain under Israeli sovereignty in any fairytale agreement. None of these gentlemen are known for their great religious fervor, and, in my opinion, that is a major problem, preventing us from taking decisive action against our enemies. Until the religious run things in Israel, we will always have wishy-washy responses. Until we are guided by the Torah and the trust in Hashem, we will always appear weak in the eyes of our enemies.
What’s the solution?
Religious Jews must unite! This will attract many other Jews who have a love and respect for our traditions to join with them. Within a short time, the religious can have a profound influence in all facets of what goes on in Israel, and we will be the majority.
In order to do this, the religious Jews of the Diaspora must make aliyah and stopped pretending that it isn’t their fight. How can Israel declare to the world that Eretz Yisrael is the Land of the Jews, when the Palestinians seem to love the Land more than the Jews of the Diaspora?
In addition, the Haredi Jews in Israel must wake up to the fact that Judaism is more than shuckling in shul and eating gefilta fish. They must face up to the fact that Judaism is the building of the Jewish Nation in Eretz Yisrael and going off to war to defend it as the Torah demands.
On their part, the Dati-Leumi camp must strengthen their attachment to the stringencies of the Torah, particularly in regards to modesty. If they want the Haredim to come to their demonstrations and funerals, may they be only funerals of our enemies, then there must be a clear separation between men and women at public events.
In the spirit of Purim, we have to learn to work together, as it says in the Megilla, “Gather all the Jews together!” The Dati-Leumi crowd will agree to attend the demonstrations of the Haredim against digging up the bones of dead Jews from 3000 years past; and the Haredim will agree to attend Dati-Leumi demonstrations against kicking living Jews out of their homes today. That way there will be more power and money and effective influence for everyone, and we will dominate government committees and be able to transfer all of the Arabs out of the country and relocate them in Saudi Arabia and Japan.