Shir Ha-Ma'alot #9

In the days of Mordechai - addition for Purim

Why did Haman want "to destroy, kill, and wipe out" all of the Jews? It seems that for the same reason that following the Exodus from Egypt, their ancestors, Amalek, attacked the Nation of Israel - because the Children of Israel bring the light of morality into the world. In the Second Return to Zion, in the days of Ezra and Nechemiah, when the Nation of Israel began to build its Land, Haman the Agagite tried a second time, and he too failed. In the Third Return to Zion, when the Nation of Israel began to arouse itself out of the long Exile and to renew itself as in the days of old, a third Amalekite arose: Hitler, may his name be blotted out, and he too fell. After the "Black Shabbat," our Rabbi, Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook, wrote that the English are following in the path of the Nazi beast and are trying to prevent the establishment of the State in our Land (Le-Netivot Yisrael vol. 1 #84 - Black Shabbat occurred on Shabbat night of Parashat Korach 5706 when 17,000 British soldiers performed raids throughout the Land of Israel, backed up by tanks and armored cars to crush the "Hebrew Movement of Rebellion" - which combined the activities of the Haganah [and their striking force - the Palmach], Etzel and Lechi – against the British who blocked immigration in large numbers even after the Holocaust. On that night, curfews were declared, some 2,700 Jews were imprisoned in prison camps and the Haganah’s largest cache of weapons was discovered.). This article was obviously not printed in the Israeli newspaper "Ha-Tzofeh" because of fear of the British censor (ibid. #86). And in the end, the English left here. Now too, the Arabs are trying to be a disturbance to our State. Do not worry, in all of these cases, the words of this prayer were fulfilled, "But You, in your great mercy, nullified his counsel and frustrated his intention and caused his design to return upon his own head and they hanged him and his sons on the gallows."