Parashat Ki Tetze (When you go out)
This section contains several rules not necessarily related one to the other.
Towards the end of the parasha, there is a paragraph that became a mitzvah, Zachor. We are commanded to remember what Amalek did to us when we left Egypt, when they attacked the Israelites from the back.
Before that, we are also reminded (with the same verb, Zachor) that we had been slaves in Egypt and, therefore, need to treat strangers nicely.
Also before that, we are told to remember what happened to Miriam in the desert when she got sick with leprosy.
Three sad episodes that happened to the people of Israel. Our memories sometimes are very selective and we may easily forget or remember things that happened long ago.
At this time of the year, it is important to remember what we easily forget, and to forget (and forgive) what still hurts and disturbs.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L