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 we are to 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?
Rabbi Bergman leads our Torah Study this Shabbat Zachor and focuses on “what the struggle against Amalek can teach us about the war on terror.”
So many of us have the elementary school version of the Purim story in our brain, but the real story is so much deeper and complex. Make this year the year that you dig deeper to understand the story and what it means to us TODAY.
Where is God in the Purim story?
Where is God in your story?
Remember to join us for all of our Purim Festivities at Adat Shalom Synagogue and throughout the community through the week.
Remember our special Shabbat next weekend with Lazer Lloyd, “Living Loving Israeli Blues: A Musician’s Journey Home” which includes a special Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 7 PM, Lazer Lloyd’s presentation and a free Festive Oneg Shabbat. The Synagogue just asks that you rsvp by calling 248-851-5100 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that Adat Shalom also has a wonderful Missebaba planned that promises to be amazing. It is Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. Make your reservations NOW!
Remember to be grateful for everything you have in your life.
Remember to join us at Adat Shalom Synagogue for a fabulous Torah Study. Don’t forget! 9:45 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel.
There is a special tradition on Shabbat Zachor – a Minhag Yisrael — for everyone, even those exempt from time bound, positive mitzvot, to come to synagogue to hear the special Maftir read this week containing the commandment to remember!
I hope to see you there!
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameyach!