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 (ăm′ə-lĕk′īt′, ə-măl′ĭ-kīt′)
A member of an ancient nomadic people of Canaan said in the Bible to be descendants of Esau's grandson Amalek.

[Hebrew 'ămālēqî, from 'ămālēq, Amalek.]
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(Bible) Old Testament a member of a nomadic tribe descended from Esau (Genesis 36:12), dwelling in the desert between Sinai and Canaan and hostile to the Israelites: they were defeated by Saul and destroyed by David (I Samuel 15–30)
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(ˈæm əˌlɛk aɪt, əˈmæl ɪˌkaɪt)

n., pl. -ites, (esp. collectively) -ite.
a member of the tribe descended from Esau. Gen. 36:12.
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Bless his counsels, his undertakings, and his work; strengthen his kingdom by Thine almighty hand, and give him victory over his enemy, even as Thou gavest Moses the victory over Amalek, Gideon over Midian, and David over Goliath.
She listened to every word about the victory of Moses over Amalek, of Gideon over Midian, and of David over Goliath, and about the destruction of "Thy Jerusalem," and she prayed to God with the tenderness and emotion with which her heart was overflowing, but without fully understanding what she was asking of God in that prayer.
Such, I suppose, is the power of Amalek, the ancient, eternal enemy of the Jewish people.
"The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values: Between Man and Man" covers a veritable compendium topics that range from: Animals--How Jews Should Relate; Antisemitism and Amalek; Business Ethics; Civil Disobedience; Climate Change--Is It a Jewish Issue?
after all that when he sees Esau (who later Jewish tradition vilifies as a symbol of all evil - from Amalek to Haman to Hitler, etc.), he says, "For to see your face is like seeing the face of God" (Genesis 33:9).
On the Shabbat before Purim, we read a special Torah passage that asks us to "blot out the name of Amalek; don't forget!" When I say those words, I am thinking about what Amalek represents, rather than about an individual leader or tribe of people.
On Purim, he divulges in one revealing moment, some religious Jews make a habit of sampling four different kinds of kugel: Apple, flour, noodle, and potato, the first letters of which, in Yiddish, spell out the name "Amalek."
13:3), the Sabbath (20:8), the battle with Amalek (Deut.
Indeed, the two initial tasks Halakhah assigned a king in Israel immediately upon his appointment are i) the eradication of Amalek and his descendants and 2) the construction of the Temple.
(17) A similar commandment is given to King Saul regarding the complete extermination of Amalek: "Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey" (I Sam.
In this instance, Saul and his troops are on the offensive against Amalek. The Lord had planned this battle by relaying the following to Saul through Samuel (1 Samuel 15:3): "Now, go and smite Amalek, and you [all] will devote to destruction all that is his, and you will not spare him.
The texts included in the collection are The Punishment of Amalek in Jewish Tradition: Coping with the Moral Problem, Natural Law and Halakhah: A Critical Analysis, and others.