[Avodah] Haman and Amaleik

Lisa Liel lisa at starways.net
Sat Feb 23 22:00:39 PST 2013

On 2/23/2013 10:49 PM, Micha Berger wrote:
> Sancheirev was defeated at Y-m in 3213. His dispersal of Amaleiq had to
> be before this.
> Purim was in 3404. 191 years later. More so if one questions the
> literalness of Chazal's history.
> Okay, we could identify beruach haqodesh that Haman was from Amaleiq.
> But there was no Amaleiqi culture anymore to have been the cause of his
> hatred of Jews.

That, I'm not sure about.  The Septuagint actually calls him a Magi, 
rather than an Amaleki.  Which, given the power of the amgushim (the 
Persian fire priests) suggests that he was known at the time as a Magi, 
and that it was through ruach hakodesh that we knew he was an Amaleki.  
An Agagi, to be specific.

The fire priests, who started out as worshippers of Mithra and Anahita 
and later brought their worship into Zoroastrianism (which had started 
out monotheistic) might have been descendants of Amalek.  Either 
biologically or ideologically or both.  Just because Sancheriv (really 
his predecessors and successors) mixed up the nations doesn't mean that 
a family/tribe of Amalekites didn't stay in a cohesive group.

> AMD, if it is possible to pick out Amaleiqim beruach haqodesh, does this
> mean that if Eliyahu haNavi were to see a baby that happened to be from
> Amaleiq, he would be mechayev to kill her?



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