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Remembering and Forgetting

Remembering is a central tenet of Judaism, and to some degree this is true. What we often forget is that forgetting is just as important.
Dr. Shaul Magid is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is a Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, where he teaches Jewish Studies and Religion, rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Sea View, NY, contributing editor to Tablet Magazine and editor of Jewish Thought and Culture at Tikkun Magazine. He is also a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Shaul received

We find ourselves now between the poles of Purim and Passover. Purim, which we celebrated on Thursday,  gives us the mandate to remember Amalek, the biblical nation from which Haman, the villain of the Purim story, is descended. (The biblical verses describing this requirement are always read on the Shabbat before Purim.) Passover, which we’ll celebrate about a month from now, gives us the mandate to remember the Exodus from Egypt.

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