Ruth Weiss Bergman & Rabbi Morey Schwartz: Amalek

Amalek: Remembering the Arch-Enemy of the Jewish People

The biblical instruction to remember does not demand of the Jewish nation to merely preserve information about a bitter historical moment. Preserving the memory of our arch-enemy Amalek places that incident at the beginning of a time trajectory that offers hope for a better tomorrow. This specially designed Melton text-based lesson focuses on the linear dimensions of the Jewish responsibility to remember the attack of Amalek against the Jewish nation just a short time after leaving Egypt, as well as considering the short term and long term relevance of this instruction in all generations.

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Morey SchwartzRabbi Morey Schwartz currently serves as Director of Education for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, with a Master’s from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He served as a congregational rabbi in Kansas City from 1991-2000. Morey is the author of the book entitled “Where’s My Miracle: Exploring Jewish Traditions for Dealing with Tragedy.” Together with his wife and four children, he moved to Israel from the United States in June 2000. He is a practicing mohel and lives in Hashmonaim.

ruthweissbergman1Ruth Weiss Bergman has been teaching in the Detroit Jewish community for 20 years. She taught for the Midrasha College of Jewish Studies, Hillel Day School, Frankel Jewish Academy, and Women’s Day of Learning. Ms. Bergman is currently an instructor for Melton, Melton Scholars Curriculum, and a variety of FedEd courses through the Jewish Federation. She also teaches Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom Synagogue. Ruth is a graduate of Barnard College and did graduate coursework in teaching ethics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is married to Rabbi Aaron Bergman and they have four daughters.