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    • moshe
    • 03.03.10 | 10:55 (IST)

    The Torah does call for the liquidation of the nation of Amalek. This includes men, women, children, and even animals. According to Maimonides, this commandment still applies today. The problem is that we have no way of identifying the modern day descendants of Amalek. Haman, from the Purim story, lived in Persia, yet was an Amalekite. Some will say that the Germans, or at least some of them are from Amalek. But, we have no way of knowing. Tradition says that the fiercest anti-semites of the generations are from Amalek. I would not kill Arabs (who tradition says are from Ishmael, the son of Abraham, not Amalek) based on a tradition. We await the coming of the Messiah, in whose time these people will be revealed, and only them terminated.

    from the article: The King's Torah: a rabbinic text or a call to terror?
    First published 11:01 22.01.10 | Last updated 18:43 21.03.10
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