Let There Be No "Doubt."
Isaiah 26:14 " The dead live not, the shades rise not; to that end hast Thou punished and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish." Rashi takes this as a prayer that the wicked (RASHA) should not live the life of the world to come and that the "shades" (REPHA-IM) – i.e. those who weakened (REEPOO) their hands from the Torah and refused to keep it should not arise.

Joshua was commander at the Israelites’ first battle after exiting Egypt, against the Amalekites in Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-16), in which they were victorious. In the words of Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov: " The word “rephidim” can be seen as an acronym for “rafu yedeihem” – “their hands became weakened,” i.e., they stopped occupying themselves with the Torah. And Amalek came…
(Ex. 17:8) … (and he tailed after you (striking) all the weak who fell behind (Deut. 25:18)." See "False Prophets."

Job speaks about the mysteries of the REPHA-IM, the "shades" - i.e. the dead, or the wicked, who go down to Gehennom, which weakens (ME-RAPEH) the creations. Job 26:5 "The shades tremble beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof." See The Resurrection"

Isaiah 26:19 " Thy dead shall live, my dead bodies shall arise-" Previously Isaiah prayed that the wicked should not live (v 14), but here he prays that the righteous should live" (Rashi). It is as if the prophet puts words into the mouth of HaShem to decree the resurrection of the dead martyrs. "-awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust--for Thy dew is as the dew of light, and the earth shall bring to life the shades (REPAH-IM)." The dew of Your Torah and Your commandments shall be to them dew of light (Rashi). See Deut. Ch. 32.

Prov. 9:13-18 "The woman Folly (Evangelizing the Jews) is riotous; she is thoughtless, and knoweth nothing. And she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call to them that pass by, who go right on their ways:

'Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; and as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him: 'Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.'
But he knoweth not that the shades (REPHA-IM) are there; that her
guests are in the depths of the nether-world." REPHA-IM; those who weakened (REEPOO) their hands from the Torah and refused to keep it. Isaiah 26:14,19.

"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake…" (Daniel 12:2). This refers to the resurrection of the dead (Rashi) – as well, of course, to the tremendous spiritual awakening and the widespread return to the Torah that we witness in our time among Israelite souls that in some cases have been buried in exile and cultural alienation for centuries. This itself is the revival of the dead! 

Falling prey to heresy leads to double death; loss of This World and the World to Come (Midrash Mishlei). Prov. 7:24-27 "Now therefore, O ye children, hearken unto me, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thy heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded; yea, a mighty host are all her slain. Her house is the way to the nether-world (sheol, grave), going down to the chambers of death."  

Prov. 5:3-5 "For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on the nether-world (sheol, grave);.." Heresy is like a temptress. Once someone succumbs to either, it is difficult to detach oneself and repent (Rashi). Only the wisdom of the Torah can "deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words; That forsaketh the lord of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house sinketh down unto death, and her paths unto the shades; None that go unto her return, neither do they attain unto the paths of life; That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the whole-hearted shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the faithless shall be plucked up out of it" (Proverbs 2:16-22).

Isaiah 14:9-15 "Gehinnom (sheol) from beneath quaked for you, toward your arrival; it aroused for you the giants, all the chiefs of the earth; it caused all the kings of the nations to rise from their thrones. All of them shall speak up and say to you, 'Have you too become weak like us? Have you become like us?' Your pride has been lowered into Gehinnom, the stirring of your psalteries. Maggots are spread under you, and worms cover you."

Hell itself would shudder and tremble with the arrival of Nebuchadnezzar. Isaiah's depiction of all the amazed shadows in hell, the souls of the dead kings and mighty of history, as they wonder over the fall of the mighty Nebuchadnezzar, opens a tiny chink for us into the netherworld, where the souls of the wicked seem to be imprisoned in a never-ending time warp (Azamra).

Psalm 49:16 ”But God will redeem my soul from the power of the nether-world (sheol, grave); for He shall receive me. Selah” For He will take me in my lifetime to walk in His ways!

Psalm 16:7-11" I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel; yea, in the night seasons my reins instruct me. I have set the LORD always before me; surely He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth; my flesh also dwelleth in safety; For Thou wilt not abandon my soul to the nether-world; neither wilt Thou suffer Thy godly one to see the pit. Thou makest me to know the path of life (The Torah); in Thy presence is fulness of joy, in Thy right hand bliss for evermore."

When I think of "Evangelizing the Jews" I see Amalek at work."Who is most vulnerable? Jews who are poor, lonely and know least about Judaism are the most susceptible to Christian missionaries. That's why college kids and the elderly are their prime targets. The Messianic movement’s fundamental
approach seeks to blur the distinctions between Judaism and Christianity in order to lure Jews who would otherwise resist a straightforward Christian message. To the horror of the Jewish world, it is a tactic that has achieved remarkable success with the most vulnerable segments of our community -- the very young, the very old, and our Russian brethren." 

Evangelizing the Jews by Rabbi Tovia Singer


"Behold, O My people, I shall open your graves…" (Ezekiel 37:12). In the words of RaDaK: "If this vision is a metaphor, the lands of the nations where Israel is in exile are the graves. If it is to be taken literally, the meaning is plain. There is a division of opinion among our sages about the dead outside of Israel . Some held that they will arise from their graves in the Diaspora itself, while others said that they will come up to the Land of Israel by rolling (GILGUL) through underground passages (Kesuvos 111a). See Song of Songs 8:5, Isaiah 66:8-9, Zechariah 14:4-5, Ezekiel 38:19. The present verse supports the view that they will come back to life in the Diaspora… for it says 'I will open up your graves and bring you up from your graves' and afterwards 'I will bring you to the Land of Israel ''.

These are the generations of Jacob". Their "dwellings and rollings" -- as recounted in the remaining four parshiyos of Genesis, allude to all their future history, in the Land of Israel and in exile, until we will finally come to a "state of habitation"  (YISHUV) in the Land of Israel, with Melech HaMashiach: a state of YISHUV HADA'AS, "a settled mind" -- expanded consciousness. Jacob sought immediate tranquility in the Land of Israel, but this tranquillity could only be attained in the Future World, after many "rollings" -- (GILGULIM) incarnations and generations. http://www.azamra.org/Parshah/VAYEISHEV.htm  

"Three keys are in the hand of the Holy One blessed be He and have not been entrusted to any agent: the key to the rains, the key to giving birth and the key to the revival of the dead" (Ta'anis 2b).

New “Humanitarian” Missionary Center in Tel Aviv: Offering aid to the needy – and guidance towards baptism. Yad L’Achim states, “as the clearly s tated goal of the organization is to bring as many Jews as possible to abandon their faith" (IsraelNationalNews).

"By their desire to convert the Jew, they prove themselves to be the most anti-Semitic of all Christian groups, for the whole idea of conversion is anti-Semitic. Christian missionary love for the Jew is a kind of hatred.  It loves the Jew, yet hates him for being what he is.  It sees him as blind and in need of being changed into a believer.  When missionary efforts failed, or are foiled, the love for the Jew quickly turns to hatred and contempt." (Shmuel Golding, Anti-Semitism in the New Testament). See "Dogs & Swine."

"You shall remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you went out of Egypt, how he happened upon on the way and cut off all the stragglers at your rear, when you were faint and weary, AND HE DID NOT FEAR GOD" (Deuteronomy 25:17-18).

One option the Torah offers for ”wiping out the memory of Amalek” is to teach them the Torah and the fear of God.

Proverbs 9:1-6,10-11 ”Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars; She hath prepared her meat, she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table (Rashi: Her lessons are prepared and she is ready to teach!). She hath sent forth her maidens, she calleth, upon the highest places of the city:'Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him: 'Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake all thoughtlessness, and live; and walk in the way of understanding. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the All-holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased...”

'Behold, the fear of the Lord is wisdom and shunning evil is (the path to attain) understanding" (Job 28:28). The hatred, violence, kidnapping and barbarism which Hamas, Hizbullah et al is associated with is the very opposite of the Chesed, i.e., expansive loving kindness that is the driving force of the religion of Abraham.

Genesis 18:17-19 "And the Lord said, "Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am doing? And Abraham will become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations of the world will be blessed in him. For I have known him because he commands his sons and his household after him, that they should keep the way of the Lord to perform righteousness and justice, in order that the Lord bring upon Abraham that which He spoke concerning him."

Amalek Within by Rabbi Mordecai Finley: "On a political level, when I think of Islamic extremist hatred of America and Israel, I see Amalek at work..."

"Therefore, it will be, when the Lord your God grants you respite from all your enemies around you in the land which the Lord, your God, gives to you as an inheritance to possess, that you shall obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens. You shall not forget!" (Deuteronomy 25:19).
God also commanded king Saul to smite Amalek (1 Samuel 15:3), so that the name of Amalek never again should be mentioned.

”The Lord said to Moses... I will surely obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens (Exodus 17:16,14). And it is written “his end shall come to destruction” (Numbers 24:20).

And the name of the place was called Massah, and Meribah, because of the striving of the children of Israel, and because they tried the LORD, saying: 'Is the LORD among us, or not?' Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim (Ex. 17:7-8). Amalek is the essence of doubt, of irrational challenge to truth. The Hebrew word Amalek has a numerical value of 240 -- the same as the word safek, "doubt". Because the people of Israel had succumbed to the Amalek within their own souls, they became vulnerable to attack by Amalek the nation (The Chassidic Masters).

Audio: Lazer Says: Don't Be Afraid: A7 Radio's "Lazer Beams" with Lazer Brody. King David promises that anyone who trusts in Hashem will be surrounded by Divine loving kindness. He who fears Hashem doesn't need to be afraid of anyone or anything.  Trust in Hashem.