Amalek

Alternative Spellings

Amaleik, Amallek, Amalleik, Amaleyk, Amolek, Amolleik, Amollek, Amoleik, Amoleyk, Amolleyk, Amalleyk

Definitions

  • The biblical name of the nomadic people descended from Esau who became the enemies of the people of Israel.
  • Any enemy of the Jewish people

Example Sentences

  • "The Torah is filled with several stories of Israel fleeing or fighting Amalek."
  • "No longer a foreign nation, today's Amalek is an internal enemy. We each have an Amalekite lurking within our very self. The inner Amalek is unholy cynicism." (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/267677/jewish/Wipe-Out-Amalek-Today.htm)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

עמלק amalek 'Amalek, enemy of Israel'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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