Boruch Rizel

Parshas Ki Seitzei 5782

In this week’s Parsha, The Torah commands us to destroy Amalek. The pasuk states that “You should blot out the Memory of Amalek from under the Heaven. Do Not Forget.”

You would think that the Halacha would be that we should destroy Amalek no matter what, but the Rambam tells us otherwise. “The first step to be taken in the war against Amalek is to offer them peace! If they accept (which entails accepting the Seven Noachide Laws and paying a tax to the Israelites), “it is forbidden to violate the treaty with them and to deceive them!” For more information, please read the article “The Mitzva to Destroy Amalek and Our Moral Qualms by Rav Elchanan Samet”

May we be zoche to live in Peace and Prosperity Wishing all a great Shabbos!

About the Author
Boruch Rizel is a Jewish History Lecturer and a Blogger. He spent many years at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, where he completed the Mechina and Derech programs. And graduated from Excelsior University and has a TESOL certificate from the International Open Academy.
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