Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Purim Torah Reading


We have been learning about Purim.

On Purim morning we read a special passage from the Torah, preceding the Megilah reading. This portion contains story of the Amalekite nation's attack on the Jews. Right after the Jews came through the Red Sea, before they even got to Sinai, Amalek came and attacked them from behind, unprovoked. Gd instructed the Jews to remember this hatred for all generations, and to strive to eradicate it.

We read this on Purim because Haman is traditionally viewed as a biological descendant of the nation of Amalek, since he is identified in the Megilah as a descendant of Agag, who was a king of Amalek.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 693:4)

Have a great day,

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