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.
Finally, we have arrived at Saul's attack, which is described as follows: Saul destroyed Amalek
from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is close to Egypt, and he captured King Agag of Amalek
The renowned scholar Nechama Leibowitz postulated that, based on four encounters involving Abraham, Joseph, the midwives Shifra and Puah in Egypt, and the nation of Amalek
, the Torah holds awe of the Creator as a "universal ethical value" (p.
In the Torah, evil is represented by Amalek
, a descendant of Esau's.
Indeed, the Rabbis themselves recognized that the covenant with Aaron was unconditional (Mekhilta, Amalek
38) Several well-known examples illustrate this method of midrashic moral revisionism, as happened to the laws of the rebellious and defiant son, the collective punishment meted to the captured city, the injunction to wage war against the seven nations and to annihilate the seed of Amalek
, to mention just a few.
A simpler explanation than Freud's theory is that both Aaron and Moses died of old age before they could enter the promised land; Moses had played his part in battles and wars against first Amalek
(Exodus 17), and later against the Amorite kings, Sichon and Og.
You shall blot out the memory of Amalek
from under the Heaven.
In conclusion, it appears that Moses was present on a hilltop with his arms raised because he was directing the battle with Amalek
using hand signals.
The key to lifting contemporary Jewish spirits is to realize that Hitler is a modern permutation of Amalek
One must also wonder as to the intensity and magnitude of the Israelite response which invites comparison with their response to the very first unprovoked attack upon Israel after the Exodus, made by the infamous Amalek