The Meaning of the name “Amalek” Amalek: The term may be divided into amal – to toil, and the letter kuf, with the meaning ‘ejection of the life-spirit’ e.g. katal – to kill with removal of life-spirit. So Amalek means ‘becoming dispirited through loss of spirit as a result of hard labour and continuous toil’. Such detachment is negative in nature. Amalek represents intellectual doubt, the kind that erodes one’s sense of belief that God Almighty is running world. This is why the Hebrew word Amalek (in Gematria) has the numeric value of 240, which is equal to the Hebrew word safek, which means doubt.