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On the Shabbat before Purim (Shabbat Zachor) the parsha reads several disturbing passages in the Bible that command us to “blot out the Amalekites,” the descendants of Hamon who tried to instigate genocide in the story of Esther. At Ruach Israel, we do not shy away from the challenging topics! Rabbi Nathan walks through these passages and wrestles with the tensions and different points of view. How do we understand these challenging parts of the Torah in light of G-d’s character and His transcendent goodness?
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