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Can we look positively on Amalek? Parashat Beshalach

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 וַיִּבֶן מֹשֶׁה מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ ה’ נִסִּי: וַיֹּאמֶר כִּי יָד עַל כֵּס יָ-הּ מִלְחָמָה לַה’ בַּעֲמָלֵק מִדֹּר דֹּר

“Then Moses built an altar, and he named it The Lord Is My Miracle. And he said, “For there is a hand on the throne of the Eternal, [that there shall be] a war for the Lord against Amalek from generation to generation.”

Dr. Ari Ackerman [1], Outgoing Dean and Senior Lecturer in Jewish Thought at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, takes us on the path of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. Rabbi Kook [2] was known for his optimistic, positive attitude towards life. How did he relate to a difficult passage about Amalek in Parashat Beshalach?

Watch the video below and share your thoughts in the comments: