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Zechiras Amalek and Siag Deoraisa

Zechiras Amalek and Siag Deoraisa

Question:
Hi,

I was reading one of Kavod Harav’s articles in Minchas Asher on the Moadim regarding the Mitzvah of Zechiras Amalek. My friend and I had done some previous research on the topic, and were wondering if it is possible to add Zechiras Amalek to the list of possible Siagei Deoraisa (similar to the list created by Rav Yosef Engel ZT”L). The Siag would be Atu Mechias Amalek, and it would be based on the Sefer Hachinuch’s P’tur for women, the Lashon of the Ramban Al Hatorah and the Mishnah Berura (with regard to Shitas Magen Avraham on Parshas “Vayavo Amalek” as a Zechira), the Rambam’s Lashon in Sefer Hamitzvot, etc. We wanted to hear Kavod Hara’s opinion on this matter.
Answer:

No, this would not be considered a “siag”. The concept of a “siag” is a safegaurd to prevent another prohibition from taking place. Like the prohibition of Yichud which is to prevent forbidden relations. In the case of Zechiras Amalek it is not to safegaurd or prevent another prohibition from taking place. The sources and details you quote with regards to this mitzvah seem to be “taamei hamitzvah” the reasons and rationale behind the mitzvah which effect it’s details.

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