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The Ravad, in his commentary to the Sifra (at the beginning of parshas Bechukosai (1:3), explains that the obligation to remember what Amalek did to us that we must fulfill with our mouths is accomplished by learning the halachos that pertain to this mitzvah.

Based on this we can explain the answer that the Acharonim suggested, namely that the berachah on the mitzvah of reading parshas Zachor is the birchas haTorah that we recite in the morning (or before reading the Torah). This is because the mitzvah of remembering what Amalek did to us is fulfilled by learning the halachos that pertain to the mitzvah. The learning of these halachos begins with the reading of the parshah in the Torah that discusses this mitzvah.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.
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