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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.


This week's YouParsha - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv3bid0KCMc Joseph Remained a Brother


This week we read Parshas Vayigash 44:18 - 47:27. Yaakov and his 70 progeny descended to Egypt to begin the exile. Even though the Torah states 70, there are only 69 listed. There are three opinions as to who was the 70th: Yocheved - who was born as Yaakov entered Egypt, Yaakov himself, Hashem.

Actually, all three are correct. Hashem completed the number as Hashem promised Yaakov, "I will go down with you." The purpose of Hashem descending to Egypt was to facilitate the eventual exodus, as the verse continues, "I will go up with you." Yocheved completed the number to indicate that no Jew is an individual - but an integral cog performing the obligations of the Jewish people. She may have been just an infant girl when Yaakov went to Egypt, but Yocheved was Moshe's mother. Yaakov completed the number to indicate how a Jew must interact with the exile. Yaakov may have physically gone down to Egypt, but his spirit remained in Israel.


This Shabbos marks 25 years of “Hey Teves,” the victory in which a Brooklyn Federal Judge gave ruling that all books that were taken from the Previous Rebbe’s library Agudas Chassdei Chabad be returned. In order to defend ownership of the books, a crucial argument involved defining the Rebbe-Chassid relationship. Three people were chosen to participate in court and get the message across that Rebbe and Chosid are intimately connected. One of the three was Eli Wiesel. The following is an excerpt from his testimony:

Strangely enough, the choice of (involvement) is made by the Chosid and not the Rebbe. It is not the Rebbe who chooses the Chosid. It is the Chosid who chooses the Rebbe. But once the choice is made, it is boundless. It is total loyalty. And therefore, the Rebbe owes the Chosid total loyalty. So, for the community, the Rebbe must have total generosity and compassion. Also, he has even more responsibility. That is why he is a Rebbe. ===================

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