We read in the Talmud, “When the month of Adar enters, joy increases” Ta’anit 29a). Last week we observed Rosh Chodesh Adar, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar. The joy of Adar relates, of course, to the holiday of Purim, which we will celebrate with a shpiel and Megillah reading next week on Wednesday, February 28th.
This week, however, is Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance. We are commanded to remember the misdeeds of Amalek. Haman, the villain of the Purim story, is said to be his descendant. Although our tradition emphasizes blotting out his name, may we not forget those who have been against us. As importantly, let us not forget that then and now, Am Yisrael Chai, and that is something to celebrate!