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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 Tazria/Metzorah http://youtu.be/UaNlKvLNg1c Tzoras as a Preparation for Moshiach

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Rashi explains the juxtaposition of Parshas Tazria-Metzora- Leviticus 9-12 to the end of last week's Parsha. Quoting Rabbi Simlai, "Just as man was formed after the animals - so too, his Torah (i.e. laws of spiritual purity) come after the animals." The Talmud explains that were a person to be haughty, he is reminded that even the gnat preceded man in creation. A gnat does its job 100%. A person who sins has failed.

There is another way of analyzing the statement of Rabbi Simlai. Man was indeed created after the animals. The human body is the lowest entity in creation. By itself, the body is an inanimate object that conveys the greatest forms of spiritual impurity. People however, have the ability to overcome the innate nature of the body and achieve the highest spiritual accomplishments. That is why he says "his Torah" comes after the animals.

It once happened that Rabbi Simlai asked Rabbi Yochanon to teach him the Book of Lineage. Rabbi Yochanon refused as Rabbi Simlai did not appear in the book as his stock was - as we would say - nothing special. Rabbi Simlai was not fazed as his accomplishments are recorded in the Talmud - establishing his own lineage.

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A fire once broke out in the home of Dovber the Mezritcher Maagid (successor to the Baal Shem Tov) when he was a little boy. His mother cried bitterly as the house was reduced to cinders. Dovber could not understand his mother's tears. Everyone escaped the conflagration unharmed (as the saying goes, "Don't worry about it if it doesn't have nerve endings). His mother explained that lost in the fire was a book tracing the family lineage back to Choni Hamagil - a direct descendant of King David.

The boy responded, "Don't worry Mother - I will start a new lineage."

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