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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 Shoftim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHR5ro-xo2M&feature=youtu.be Tammim T'hiyu - Being Complete


Man is compared to a tree in Parshas Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. A tree is comprised of three components: the roots, body of the tree composed of trunk, branches and leaves and the fruit.

The roots provide the foundation of the tree. Nurture is derived from the soil through the roots and the roots provide stability for the tree so that it does not move. The majesty and definition of the tree is from the body. The age of a tree can be determined by counting the rings of the trunk. The fruit is the ultimate purpose of the tree and ensures the continuity of the species.

The root of the Jew is belief in Hashem. It is through maintaining that connection to G'd that the Jews have been able to survive despite all the strong winds of opposition. The body of the Jews are good deeds as prescribed by the Torah. Just as the body of the tree continues to grow, making it a fuller tree, so do the deeds of Jews cause them to continue to grow and become fuller people. The Jew's fruit is the positive influence one can have on another person. This is our ultimate purpose and ensures our continuity.


Sometime in the 1950's, the then Satmar Rebbe, Reb Yoel ztsz'l, visited Chicago to raise funds for Satmar institutions. He reserved the old Lubavitch shul on the West Side for a Saturday evening Melava Malka. The Satmar Rav was very strict in his observance and requested that the mechitza dividing the men and women be made higher. The Rov, Rabbi Shlomo Hecht refused.

Rabbi Hecht told the Satmar Rov that the Previous Lubavticher Rebbe had davened in that shul with the present mechitza (the shul no longer exists). To make any modifications would be an indication that the Lubavitcher Rebbe was lacking in his service to Hashem.

The Satmar Rebbe commented to one of his entourage, "This man is a true Chosid."


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