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In memory of Bennie Magy - Bentziyon ben Avraham v Elke Magy, who passed away Menachem Av 22, 5749 - August 23, 1989 and Rose Magy - Rivka Rayzel Bat Chayim Yaakov v'Chaya Tertza Arbit, who passed away Tamuz 2, 5765 - July 9, 2005. May their souls experience a lichtiger Gan Eden - an illuminated Garden of Eden and may their family only experience Simchas from now on. Sponsored by their son Paul Magy - Birmingham, Michigan.

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In memory of Bennie Magy - Bentziyon ben Avraham v Elke Magy, who passed away Menachem Av 22, 5749 - August 23, 1989 and Rose Magy - Rivka Rayzel Bat Chayim Yaakov v'Chaya Tertza Arbit, who passed away Tamuz 2, 5765 - July 9, 2005. May their souls experience a lichtiger Gan Eden - an illuminated Garden of Eden and may their family only experience Simchas from now on. Sponsored by their son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Leslie Magy - Birmingham, Michigan.

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This week's YouParsha Matos/Maasei http://youtu.be/8FUH8WqlJ3g The Size of Camp in the Desert

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One of the verses featured in Parshas Matos-Maasai - Numbers 30 - end, states, "You shall not make the land upon which you dwell impure. I dwell there because I, Hashem, dwell among the Children of Israel." Rashi (classic Biblical commentator) explains, "Rabbi Nosson says, 'The Jewish people are precious. Wherever they are exiled, the divine presence is with them.' Rebbe said, 'To what can this be compared? To a king who tells his servant, 'Whenever you want me, I will be with my son.' So too, it says, 'he lives with them in the midst of their impurities.'"

Rabbi Nosson discusses the endearment of the Jewish people to Hashem. This relationship is due to their G'dly souls, which are a portion of the essence of Hashem. It does not matter that that Jew is in exile - he remains precious to Hashem.

Rebbe adds that the connection Hashem has with the Jewish people is not just with their essential soul, but even with their Jewish bodies. He compares the relationship to a father and child that is never broken. He maintains that Hashem is connected to the Jewish people even in their impurity - the result of a physical occurrence (the soul cannot become impure).

The bottom line - Hashem loves the physical environment that a Jew creates for himself. That environment is one that conveys G'dliness. Not just in shul and while learning, but even while eating and on vacation.

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Sholom Ber Gordon - a chosid and shliach of two Lubavitcher Rebbes, would tell how his father, Yochanon, avoided being drafted by the Russians in 1907. When Yochanon received his draft notice, he travelled immediately to the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe - Reb Shalom Ber. The Reshab (as he was referred) told Yochanon not to take off his talis koton - four cornered under garment with tzitzits.

Reb Yochanon was led through the various stations at the draft board. The final station was the psychiatrist. He took one look at this bearded young man with the funny undershirt with the fringes and said, "There are enough crazy people in the army already" and failed him.

In a similar manner, Rabbi SB Gordon was called to the draft after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Armed with a blessing from the Rebbe RaYaTz, Reb Sholom made his way to the Whitehall Street induction center in Manhattan. Like his father, he too passed from station to station. The final station was the psychiatrist. This doctor was Jewish and was miffed at the army. Catholic seminary students received automatic exemption from service while Jewish Yeshiva Students were drafted. Rabbi Gordon was born in Poland and came to the US when he was 13.

The doctor asked him three questions: Have you ever played touch football in the street? Have you ever gone to a movie? Have you ever kissed a woman other than your mother? Reb Sholom innocently answered no to each question. Whereby, the doctor pronounced him crazy and marked his card 4F.

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