The Torah says that the Amaleik came and battled Israel at Refidim. I read in a book called, "Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein, page 65, that according to the sages, the Jews were actually attacked because they lacked unity. This is alluded to in the very same name of the location where the battle occurred - Refidim - a name that is etymologically related to the Hebrew word pirud, meaning "disunity." Only through teamwork are battles won.

Is there a source for this?

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    A direct quotation of how this concept is represented in UUaOV would be in order. Did UUaOV not include a source itself? – Isaac Moses Aug 21 '14 at 15:59
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    For what it's worth, there is no etymological relationship between those two words whatsoever. – Shimon bM Jul 28 '16 at 7:41

In English:

Politics generally does not exist between people in a natural state.

Politics is normally a function of description. E.g. if I describe your human validity as Jewish and someone else's human validity as Arab and then I explain to you that Jews and Arabs are incompatible then you will become upset with each other.

However if I organise Jewish-Arab soccer matches this is less likely to occur.

Amalek defines everything by its functional purpose, the Jew defines everything by its inner nature.

The Jew is an alien in the world of Amalek and must be destroyed, Amalek is alien in the world of the Jew and must be destroyed.

When Jews fight with each other and perceive each other's validity as the product of a function they disagree with, this allows Amalek to have dominion over them as they have entered Amalek's domain.

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    nice, but the question is SPECIFICALLY asking for a source. If you can provide one, please do so! As it stands, this is not an acceptable answer to the question. – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 29 '16 at 15:30

Amalek is a malchus of pirud ha'penimiyos and yichud ha'chitzoniyos.

The Torah is a malchus of yichud ha'penimiyos and thereby yichud ha'chitzoniyos.

Amalek is sholet on the benei yisroel when their kesher to Torah is not be'derech bitul to the tenuah penimis ha'meyachedes of the Torah - al shelo barchu ba'Torah bitechilah.

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    This needs to be explained in more detail and in English rather than yeshivish – sabbahillel Dec 31 '15 at 4:02

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