This is Shabbat Zachor. We are commanded to remember to blot out the memory of Amalek and not to forget. We are not to forget to remember and remember not to forget. Confused? Why would we want to remember utter horror and pain? Is it healthy to dwell in such bitter memories? Is Judaism a faith of vengeance? What of forgiveness? Is there an evil so great that there is no forgiveness? How does Amalek and remembering our eternal struggle with evil and baseless hatred relate to Purim? Obvious, huh? Of course, Haman was thought to be an Amalekite, but that is too easy. Is there more? God defeats the Amalekites, but how was the plot of Haman and the evil decree of Achashverosh thwarted? Where is God in the Purim story? Where is God in your story?
Rabbi Bergman leads our Torah Study this Shabbat Zachor and focuses on the importance of remembering, but perhaps for a different reason than you may have thought. He states, “Remembering who we are will prevent us from being harmed by our enemies and from turning us into the kind of people our enemies are.”
Remember to join us at Adat Shalom Synagogue for a fabulous Torah Study. Don’t forget! 10:00 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel.
Remember to join us for all of our Purim Festivities at Adat Shalom Synagogue all weekend long.
Remember to be grateful for everything you have in your life.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameyach!