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611. Simply Divine: The obligation to emulate God
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We are commanded to emulate God by doing everything we do with kindness and honesty; this is what is meant by “walking in His ways.” The Midrash (Sifre Deuteronomy 49) explains: Just as He is compassionate, so should you be compassionate. Just as He is righteous, so should you be righteous. Just as He is […]
604. Jihad?: The obligation to eradicate Amalek
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We are commanded to eradicate the nation of Amalek, wiping any vestige of them from the face of the Earth. The reason, as discussed in the previous mitzvah, is because of the cowardly attack that the Amalekites made against God when He took the Jews out of Egypt. Apparently, God knows that certain traits are […]