This passage in Torat Kohanim is cited by TB Megilah 18a, but only in regard to the recollection of Amalek
, and not to the recollection of provoking God to anger.
Bosch, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002), 275: "To subdue them [the original inhabitants of North America] and take their land was regarded as a divine duty similar to the Israelites' conquest of Canaan; on occasion I Samuel 15: 3 could be applied directly to the colonists' conflict with the Indians--'Now go and smite Amalek
, and utterly destroy all that they have.'"
Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord and you did not execute his burning anger against Amalek
, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day.
(9) Moses thus noted the stations where the people of Israel camped in the wilderness ("Moses recorded...," Num 33:2), the account of the war with Amalek
("The Lord said to Moses, 'Inscribe this.'," Exod 17:14), a poetic section ("Moses wrote down this poem," Deut 31:22), and a limited list of laws ("Moses wrote down this Teaching [Torah]," Deut 31:9, 24).
The Israeli researchers quoted another student who learned from his synagogue on Shabbat that: "Aravim zeh erev rav (Arabs are a rabble) and Amalek
, and there is a commandment to kill them all."
Soon, an unauthorized Web site on Paul's practice starts pushing the modern-day descendants of Amalek
, a group based on doubting God; phony Twitter and Facebook accounts follow.
Indeed, his poem belongs to the Sephardic liturgy of Zakhor, the "Sabbath of Remembrance" immediately prior to Purim when Jews are commanded to remember the nation of Amalek
's aggression against the Jewish people.
was a generalized name for hostile Arab elements impacting Judah in the Negev, but any trace of historical reality had disappeared by the time stories naming them had arisen.
His incestuous grandson Amalek
is the eternal archenemy of the Jewish People.
It was only now however that I recognized that the injunction was not to "remember what Amalek
did " but--specifically!--to remember what Amalek
" did to you".
(66) The text to Genesis 36:11 does not mention his wife's name, only his sons' names, but Genesis 36:12 tells us that Timna was his concubine and bore him an additional son, Amalek
. Genesis 46:10 implies that Jacob's son Simon had a second wife, a Canaanite woman, although it is not clear if those wives were, in fact, concurrent.