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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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This week's YouParsha Vayeitzei - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yL2AWdOFjU

Yaakov Redeemed Abraham

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Yaakov had his famous dream of angels going up and down a ladder in Parshas Vayeitzei, Genesis 28:10 - 32:2. In his dream, the Almighty told Yaakov that he is giving the land upon which he sleeps to him and his children. Rashi, the classic Bible commentator writes, "Hashem folded the entire land of Israel under Jacob while he slept as an allusion to make the land easier to conquer." Rashi takes his commentary from the Talmud with one difference; the Talmud says "in order" to make it the conquest easier.

The Talmud teaches that the conquest of Israel was not going to be through the efforts of the Jewish people but rather the Almighty will do the work. Rashi tells us that Hashem only hinted to Yaakov concerning the conquest to indicate that it would be many generations before the final conquest (it should be soon).

Our bodies are called eretz hakodesh - the holy land. Two kings fight constantly for control of the holy land, the animal, mundane passions and desires and the quest for spirituality and holiness. The Talmud writes that were it not for the Almighty's help our passions would control us. We put forth the initial effort and Hashem does the rest.

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Mrs. Chaya Kahan relates:

I remember sitting down and writing a letter to the Rebbe. My daughter Rivka, who was then six years old, approached me and asked, "Mommy, what are you writing?" I replied, "I am writing a letter to the Rebbe for his advice." My daughter then continued, "Mommy, will the Rebbe answer you?" When I told her yes, Rivka then asked, "Can I write a letter to the Rebbe also?" I told her, "Yes." My daughter then sat down and wrote the following: Dear Rebbe, I like you very much. ~Chasia Rivka Kahan.

Two weeks later, much to my excitement, an envelope came in the mail addressed to Miss Chasia Rivka Kahan. I then called my daughter over, where we sat down and read the letter together:

Miss Chasia Rivka Kahan,

Blessings and Greetings,

I was pleased to receive your letter, and thank you very much for letting me know how you feel. I am therefore sure that you conduct yourself in a way that is fitting for a Jewish girl, the daughter of Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah, the mothers of our people, about whom you have surely heard about.

With Blessing.

(The Rebbe's signature)

(Courtesy of the Avner Institute)

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