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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
Get Over It and Move On!
The Chinuch says that since women are not warriors and are Patur from the mitzva of Mechias Amalek, from killing Amalek, therefore they are also patur from Zechiras Amalek and do not have a mitzva to remember what Amalek did and fill themselves with hate.  This implies that the Chinuch holds that "hate" is not an end to itself.  It merely is a means to an end which is not relevant to women.  Therefore deduces the Chinuch, women have absolutely no reason to hate Amalek.  Imagine our arch enemy who tried and continues to try to destroy us even today, yet the women, the poor mothers of the children these people try to kill, should not hate them.  Amazing!  

Even the Minchas Chinuch who argues with the Chinuch only argues because he says that we cannot excuse women from this Mitzva simply because we think that it is all part of the big picture of revenge and warfare.  One must bring proof from sources that they are Patur since we do not know the ways of Hashem and what he had in mind.

I remember a quote from one of the Baalei Mussar who says that even in cases where you may act with "Azus" arrogance, nevertheless it is better to avoid it.  If you do act with Azus, even though it is permissible, you are "Koneh Kinyan B'Nafsho", you will develop an arrogant nature.  This is a ramification that we'd rather not get involved with so he suggests that we pass on the permissible Azus as well.  

Hate has no place in this world.  It is merely a practical tool, says the Chinuch, to achieve a larger aim.  If it won't achieve anything then forget it, no matter how evil and deserving of hate, is the object of your scorn. Unless specifically commanded otherwise, we should focus on the positive and not spend our day filled with rage and hate.  Not against other nations and certainly not among ourselves.  We are Am Yisroel and we have more important things to do.  So let's just get on with it!

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