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Don't Forget to Forget

01/02/2020 03:37:37 PM


Rabbi Mordechai Bookbinder


I always remember what I forgot to pick up at the grocery store just as I am pulling into the driveway, coming back from my trip to the store. What a pain! Usually we are told “Don’t Forget to….” This week there is a very special Torah reading about how the Jewish People were attacked by the nation of Amalek, our eternal arch-enemies, just as they were leaving Egypt and on their way to Mount Sinai. Because of the actions of Amalek, there is a special mitzvah in the Torah which says: “… You shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven. You shall not forget!” Amalek represents all that is evil Did you get that? Remember to Forget! How do we do that?? And why would we do that?? The Torah is teaching us a very important lesson here. Amalek represents all that is evil in the world and in us. We must never forget to constantly work on ridding ourselves of evil, within and without. While wanting to uproot the bad, and getting rid of the “memory” (of past actions, past experiences, past events), we must forever keep in mind our goal of improvement and betterment for ourselves and the world as a whole! Have an amazing Shabbos.

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