Ki Tetze: Chapter 23

Cutting off the seed of Amalek


The Faithful Shepherd talks about Amalek and how the names of Bilaam and Balak are marked in it. He tells us of the four facets of Yisrael - Jacob and Rachel, and Israel and Leah - and says that these correspond to the four faces of the eagle. Similarly there are four facets to Amalek - divination, enchantment, iniquity and perverseness. Amalek above is Samael, whose facets tempt people to sin against God.