"Zachor"-- Purim--Amalek's Hate and War-- Judah's Defence and Armour--Parashath Parah.
TO no race of men has it been granted to make its way through history with a clear vision of the path before it as it has to the Jewish. At the very beginning of its history, it went through experiences to which it could ever and anon turn its glance in order to see, as in a prophetic looking-glass, itself, its fitness for its task, its relations to neighbouring peoples, the course of conduct which would bring to it chastisement, self- improvement, testing and reward. The Jew who knows his task and his history is not surprised by anything that happens, he is never thrown off his balance or dazzled. He has only to look back on the mirror of his past which God is ever presenting to him, and he knows where he is everywhere and in all circumstances, he is able to weigh correctly every event of his time, and he steers calmly, whether over a smooth sea or through storm and fire, towards the goal to which God is leading him. He is prepared for everything. He trusts no moment and fears none. He finds his grounds of hope or fear not in the political conditions of the day, but in his own breast. An undeserved piece of good fortune cannot elate him, an unmerited suffering cannot crush him. Only the evidence afforded by his own conscience can elevate or depress him. He knows only one enemy--sin; he knows only one armour--innocence.
The Sabbath before Purim is the second preparatory one for the great spring month.
Sabbath Shekalim awakened in us the Jewish communal consciousness, the consciousness that we have all a great communal task, and that, however scattered we may be and