Balak – Amalek, Israel and Moshiach – who is Amalek today?

Why is the verse that speaks about the ‘tents of Jacob’ immediately before the verse that speaks of the destruction of Agag, king of Amalek? What is represented by the number 72? How does Amalek manifest as the counter-force to the Jewish people? Who is Amalek today? How do we ‘fight’ Amalek in our times?

Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

Running time: 26:29


  1. yaak on July 5, 2015 at 6:52 am

    R' Ari Shlit"a,

    Please post the link to the podcast. Thanks.

  2. Ari Goldwag on July 5, 2015 at 6:57 am

    thanks, fixed

  3. Leah on July 10, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Excellent! It seems that the SCOTUS ruling on mishgav zochar "marriages" make.this an element of Amalek.
    ISIS is also an element.of Amalek.
    North Korea who imprisons those who are.charitable to others is an element of Amalek.
    Anti-Semites in Europe who burn a Talmud sefer are an.element of Amalek.
    POTUS is an element of Amalek as he is supporting Israel and the West's enemies…
    It seems the list goes on and on..
    Here is a question: I have heard that in order for the world if truth to come the world of.shelter- lies and evil must be obliterated (Rav Kook zt'zl)
    However, I have also heard that in order for the world of lies to be obliterated, that evil must come to a boil and bubble over. Now, if that is true how does that effect the Jew's bring spiritually pure and.truthful elements to the world? Meaning do they both exist simultaneously like two contendersin an arm wrestling match? Is it that the Jew must continue to fight and Hashem will bring the geulah to fruiton or does Amalek have the task to fught, too until be bubbles over and burns from having reached such a level if evilness?

  4. Leah on July 10, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hello. I posted a comment qith question a few days ago. Did you receive it? Great pod cast!

  5. Ari Goldwag on July 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I think that it works as force and counterforce. War of Gog Umagog is the final showdown between the people of Israel and the people of Amalek. They get stronger and we do too. Then they are vanquished.

  6. Leah on July 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Thank you. Shabbat shalom.

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