Amalek: The Danger of not having Doubts

In the world of behavioral psychology, one of the most powerful motivators for human behavior is doubt. Human nature dictates that as long as a person is sure of their beliefs and intentions, they cannot be stopped- one need not look farther than the inspiring example of the thousands of olim who come to Israel every year, […]

Ki Tetze- Annihilating Amalek

As we enter פרשת כי תצא, the topic of Moshe’s speech switches to the rules of war and captivity and eventually civil law. Then, the parsha concludes: זָכוֹר, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-עָשָׂה לְךָ עֲמָלֵק, בַּדֶּרֶךְ, בְּצֵאתְכֶם מִמִּצְרָיִם. אֲשֶׁר קָרְךָ בַּדֶּרֶךְ, וַיְזַנֵּב בְּךָ כָּל-הַנֶּחֱשָׁלִים אַחֲרֶיךָ–וְאַתָּה, עָיֵף וְיָגֵעַ; וְלֹא יָרֵא, אֱלֹהִים.  וְהָיָה בְּהָנִיחַ ה’ אֱלֹקיךָ לְךָ מִכָּל-אֹיְבֶיךָ מִסָּבִיב, בָּאָרֶץ […]