When we were reading Parshat Zachor last Shabbat, I kept wondering to myself who Amalek is today. After all, Rav Ofer HERE says that since World War II and the holocaust, when the Germans proved themselves all too worthy of the name ‘Amalek’, Am Yisrael has been continually engaged in the battle against Amalek.
Rav Ofer says it has to be that way right now, because before each time the way the world was being run spiritually changed in some massive way - like when the Torah was given, when King David was crowned King, when the Second Temple was rebuilt - the Jews first had to battle Amalek.
In a moment, I’ll bring a bit more of the really interesting evidence pulled together by the renegade genius Immanuel Velikovsky about who Amalek actually was in biblical times, but before I do that, this is what Rav Natan of Breslov has to say about Amalek (taken from THIS article on the Breslov.org website):
Reb Noson writes that Amalek corresponds to burning lust, the strife between husband and wife, between a person and his community and the hatred directed against the true tzaddikim (Likutey Halakhot, Minchah 7:20).
Given all the controversy going on at the moment against the true Tzaddikim, I found that pretty darned interesting. But there’s more:
“The Torah writes, [Amalek] smote the hindmost among you” (Deuteronomy 25:18). Our Sages teach: “[Amalek] separates the tails and throws them high (Tanchuma, Ki Taytze 10).
WE ARE ALL STILL FIGHTING AMALEK TODAY
After reading Rav Natan’s words, I can see that we really are all up to our necks still fighting Amalek today.
But now, let’s turn our attention to who Amalek actually was in the past. There’s some interesting details about the nation of Amalek that have always puzzled many people.
On the one hand, most historians have always been careful to portray ‘Amalek’ as a bunch of wild Bedouin tribesmen who were wandering in the desert when they happened to cross the path of Am Yisrael, on the way to receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.
Yet in Parshat Balak, when the evil Bilaam is trying to curse the tents of Jacob he actually comes out with the following blessing instead: “…his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.”
Agag, as we know from the time of the prophet Samuel, was a name used by the Amalekite kings, so this Agag mentioned by Bilaam would appear to be a forerunner of the ‘Agag King of the Amalekites’ who ended up being drawn and quartered by the Prophet Samuel a few hundred years’ later.
In that same parsha, the Torah tells us about Bilaam: “And when he looked on Amalek he took up his parable and said: ‘Amalek [is] the first of the nations, but his latter end shall be that he perish forever.”
HOW DID AMALEK GET TO BE 'THE FIRST AMONGST NATIONS'?
How come the Torah is referring to this rag-tag bunch of travelling murderous Bedouin as ‘the first of the nations’? And what is the big deal for Am Yisrael to have a king that is higher than the Amalekite King Agag, if we’re talking about a bunch of itinerant desert-dwellers?
Get ready for this next piece of info, because when I read it, it completely blew me away.
CHAOTIC 'WEATHER' AND MATAN TORAH
As we know the Torah was given amidst what you’d probably call some ‘extreme weather’ activity. The whole world was in an uproar as Hashem had caused one miracle after another to happen by way of the proto-planet Venus coming in a little too close for comfort towards Planet Earth.
(I wrote a whole big post about how God has frequently used comets to fight for the Jews, which I might re-post after this goes up, BH, to give you more context and background, but it was basically another ‘Nibiru’ show, just 3,300 years ago.)
So, the whole world was in chaos, and as our sources teach us, just as the sea split for Am Yisrael in Egypt, so every other body of water in the whole world also split at the same time. Can you imagine what sort of forces were in play on the planet at that time, what sort of Heaven-sent winds and hurricanes must have been gusting about, for every body of water to split?
(As an aside, Rav Berland recently taught that the reason Yitro converted was because the water in his cup also split at that time. 3,300 years ago, everyone was going on about ‘electro-magnetic forces’ and near misses with comets causing all the weird weather, earthquakes, sea-splitting, comets showers etc. But when Yitro saw that the water in his cup also split, he said:
“This is only God’s doing!! No comet would cause the water in my teacup to split!” And he immediately decided to convert.)
So anyway, there’s the hurricane to end all hurricanes going on, there’s hundreds of volcanoes exploding all over the planet, huge tidal waves and tsunamis flooding all over the place, massive earthquakes, the whole of the world is literally upended and held above the heads of Am Yisrael before Matan Torah….
And it affected every single nation and country on the planet, not just Egypt.
AMALEK DWELLED IN WHAT WAS THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
And one of the places it happened to effect severely was the Arabian peninsula, where the Amalekites had recently been living. When the sea split by the Sea of Reeds, Arabia also got pounded by terrifying forces of nature, cities crumbled, comets fell - and the Amalekite survivors packed up and decided to try their luck in Egypt.
This was back before CNN, so everyone just thought that other places must be doing better than their neck of the woods was. The Amalekites crossed the path of Am Yisrael en route, and because they had zero fear of God and hated the Jews tremendously, they started a war with Am Yisrael just when the rest of the world was poised to convert en masse and to recognize Hashem in the world, after the terrifying experiences they’d just gone through.
After Joshua defeated them on the battle ground, the Amalekites then headed off to Egypt, as per plan A - and became the infamous Hyksos rulers of Egypt, or ‘shepherd-kings’.
According to Velikovsky,
“In the history of Egypt the most frequently mentioned names of the Hyksos kings is Apop….Agag I appears to be Apop I, and Agag II was Apop II…who reigned…some four hundred years later.”
We know who ‘Agag II’ was: he was the Amalekite king who King Shaul went to battle, but who he failed to kill, as per the instructions of Hashem, as delivered via the Prophet Samuel. Shaul let Agag live, and during that additional time he managed to father a child who would become the ancestor of Haman, the next ‘big name’ in the nation of Jew-hating Amalekites.
Velikovsky brings a lot of supporting evidence for this idea in his book ‘Ages of Chaos’ Volume I, but if Amalek went on to become the Hyksos rulers of an Egypt that was left completely ruined by the aftermath of the 10 plagues and the Exodus, that would certainly explain why Bilaam referred to them as ‘first amongst nations’.
The last bit of the puzzle, for now, is who actually got rid of the Hyksos kings after they’d ruled Egypt for 400 years, and how Amalek and the Jews fit into this picture.
Again, what you are about to read is mind-bogglingly awesome:
Egypt was liberated from the Hyksos by King Shaul and the Jewish people!
Let’s piece all the bits together, first from the Egyptian ‘historical’ side of things, and then from the Torah-true side of things. There’s a document called the Sallier Papyrus I which documents how the last Hyksos King called Apop II (Agag II) sent a humiliating demand to a native Egyptian prince called Seknenre, who ended up being arrested.
Something called the ‘Carnavon tablet’ then tells the story of how Seknenre’s son, Kamose, rebelled against the Hyksos with the help of some foreign troops. Now, Egyptian monuments never praised foreigners or outsiders, so the story of how the Hyksos was beaten is phrased very oddly by an Egyptian noble and eye-witness to the battle:
“’One’ besieged the city of Avaris” - the capital city of the Hyksos Pharoahs. “’One’ fought on the water in the canal [riverbed] of Avaris…’One’ fought in Egypt…’One’ captured Avaris.”
Who is this ‘One’ who did all these things on behalf of the native Egyptians, and finally put an end to the Hyksos rule of ancient Egypt? Let’s go over to book of Samuel, where we’ll pick up some very interesting clues:
Samuel I 15: 2-3:”Thus says the Lord of Hosts, I remember what Amalek did to Israel, how he laid in wait for him on the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy everything that they have!”
So then King Shaul went and gathered: “two hundred thousand footmen, and 10,000 men from Judah” and marched off to do battle. A little later, Samuel tells us: (I 15:5) “And Shaul came to the city of Amalek, and laid in waiting in the stream.”
Again, notice how far from being impoverished Beduin, the Amalekites have a proper city of their own, and notice how at least some of the fighting being described by Samuel occurs ‘on the water, in the canal of Avaris’.
Later on, in Samuel 15:7-8, the prophet tells us that: “Shaul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive.,,”
King Shaul is the ‘one’ described in the Carnavon tablet by the Egyptian eye-witness!
There’s so much more to say about all this, and I hope to share more of how the events described in our Torah truly do appear in the annals of history in future posts.
In our upside-down world, the chronology used for the Middle East is all based on Egyptian sources, which for various reasons is wrong. So every time archaeologists discover something that is clearly referenced in Tanach, they usually tack on some guff about it their find describing something depicted in our Torah, but at the wrong period of time.
There are so many examples of where this has happened, but take a look at THIS story, about finding the remains of Sdom and Gomorrah, for a recent illustration of the problem.
All those atheist archeologists and Middle Eastern historians and Egyptologists and anthropologists are simply continuing the time-honored tradition of Amalek, albeit not always consciously, of trying to hide God’s presence in the world.
But our Torah is true! The Amalekites existed then - and went down in secular history as the Hyksos rulers of ancient Egypt - and they still exist today, as the people who deny and denigrate our true Tzaddikim and stoke strife between Jews.
And so the battle continues.