Friday, March 14, 2008

Parshas Zochor

Having just read this, this and this about the yeshiva massacre, my only 'Parshas Zochor' thoughts are on the murderers.

But earlier this week, I learned what the Rebbe said about Amalek.
How "אשר קרך בדרך" refers to three things. 1) קר = coldness 2) מקרי = coincidence 3) קרי = type of tumah.

Amalek chills ya out, cuts out the hype of divine miracles and then leads ye to sin.

(Chalila)

Now, one may think that the command to "Remember Amalek" is in order to avoid reaching that last step (of sin). But actually, the coldness itself is the problem. (the end vs the means)

See, every Jew has a piece of G-d within him. A G-d that is described as a "Consuming Fire". Thus, we all harbor a flame inside of us. A flame that ought to keep you and your service warm and vibrant.

Said the 5th Chabad Rebbe: "Between coldness and heresy stands an extremely thin wall."

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