Dvar Torah Parshat Ki Tetze 2008 5768 דבר תורה כי תצא

There seems to be a contradiction in the Mitzvah of blotting out the memory of Amalek. In today’s Sidra we read the Mitzvah TIMCHE ET ZECHER AMALEK, “… you shall blot out the memory of Amalek…”. (Deut. 25,19) In the story related in the Book of Shemot the Torah states that Hashem says: KI MACHO EMCHE ET ZECHER AMALEK, “…I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek…”. (Ex. 17,14) Accordingly, it is Hashem who will blot out their memory and not the Jews who are instructed to do so.

In truth, how can the Jews be responsible for such an enormous task? We are a small people and there is no chance that we can eradicate all the evil from this world. This is a task that Hashem Himself has to do. The instruction to us is that when Hashem, “,,, gives you rest from all your enemies round about in the land…” (Deut. 17, 19) which He promised our forefathers then we are to eradicate the evil from our midst. Our task is to see that there is no evil among our people. Hashem will take care of the evil in the world.

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