Clearly, there are members of Amalek alive today. One of them is named Obeida Khalil, a failed female suicide bomber and member of Islamic Jihad. In her own words: "For me, all the Jews are soldiers, and I wanted to kill as many as I could ... As long as I am alive, I will never leave the Jews alone." That's Jews, not Zionists or Israelis. No code words here.
Khalil and Haman aren't alone. If you read Haman's words in the Megillah, it becomes all too clear how many Amalekites live on: "There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the countries of your kingdom," Haman tells Ahasuerus. "Their laws are different from every other people's. They do not observe even the King's laws; therefore it is not befitting the King to tolerate them. If it please the King, let it be recorded that they be destroyed; and I will pay ten thousand silver talents into the hands of those who perform those duties, for deposit in the King's treasuries."
Substitute "United Nations" for "King," and "barrels of oil" for "ten thousand silver talents," and these words are mouthed today by all too many people in all too many nations. The Jews -- and their national manifestation, the state of Israel -- are accused of living by their own law, of refusing to bow to the sanctity of world opinion.
Purim reminds Jews, and the world, of the ever-present threat posed by today's Amalekites. Purim is not about dress up or drinking, noise making or gift giving. It is about recognizing that evil still exists and that God obligates mankind to obliterate it. When men act to stop evil in its tracks, God fights on their side, from the beaches of Normandy to the hills of Judea to the streets of Baghdad.
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