Q. Is it correct to announce in shul this Shabbos – Parshas Ki Seitze that we are going to read the Parsha of Amalek, so people can pay attention and have in mind to comply with this Biblical mitzva. This is needed since this coming year has an extra month of Adar and there will be 13 months until Parshas Zachor is read, and that is over the proscribed time of 12 months for forgetting?
A. Poskim disagree. Chasam Sofer (E.H 1: 119) debates the issue, Halichos Eben Yisroel (2: 408) quotes Horav Y.Y. Fisher zt’l that indeed people should have intention to comply with the mitzva on this Shabbos as the Parsha is read.
Orchos Rabbenu (3 p.33) mentions something similar. While Mishne Halochos is quoted as saying that we do not announce publicly but privately the ‘Medakdekim’ or careful ones should indeed have that intention. That is the opinion of several other authorities.
Halichos Shlomo maintains that there is no need to be concerned since Poskim did not mention this Halacha at all.
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is similar.
(See question 2249 regarding a similar question on Parshas Parah)
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a