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from the Rambam

On Hatred of Amalek

“He commanded us to remember what Amalek did to us, and what they precede to inflict on us, and hate him at all times. And we shall rouse the souls in articles that we shall fight him and stir the people to hate him until this precept is not forgotten, and this hatred shall not wane nor be removed from our hearts with the passing of time.”

“Do not think that this act stems from cruelty or a demand for revenge; rather, it is imperative to common sense to destroy all who stray from the straight path, in order to stop all those who preclude the achievement of completeness – comprehending the Creator Blessed be He.

 

From Shushan to Nuremberg

If you examine closely the names of the ten sons of Haman as written in the Megillah (Book of Esther), you will find that the letter tav in the name Parshandata is diminished, as are the letters shin in the name Parmashta and zayin in the name Vizata. Combined, these letters give the number 5707 (1946).


Several thousand years later, on Hoshana Rabbah of 1946, upon completion of the Nuremberg trials held for the Nazi war criminals, the ‘ten sons of Haman’—ten Nazi leaders—were hanged. A strange and interesting coincidence!!!


Rabbi Hanoch, student of Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa said:

As long as the rule of Amalek continues, a man is unaware that he amounts to null.  When the rule of Amalek ends, a man knows that he is null.

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