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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.


Don't forget the YouParsha for Yisro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdh97JjGB4w. Who was Jethro?


This week is Parshas Yisro, Exodus 18-20. After the commandments of honoring G'd, one is required to honor their parents. When one follows the path that Hashem has laid out, people remark, "lucky is the father who has such a child."

Honoring of parents could also refer to the patriarchs; Avrohom, Yitschok and Yaakov. Rabbi Yochanon would say of Reb Elozar ben Hurkanus, "Lucky are the patriarchs that such a person as ben Hurkanus is counted among their progeny. Father could also refer to Hashem, as the verse states, "Because you (Hashem) are our father."

Shach on the Torah explains further; the last three letters of the Hebrew word your father - bais, yud, chof, are numerically equivalent to the Hebrew word yachid - united. Together with the first letter of your father aleph - one, one becomes united with the oneness of Hashem. Your father in mispar katan equals 6 (the numerical equivalent is reduced to units. Aleph is 1, bais is 2, yud is 10 becomes a 1 and chof is 20 now 2 = 6). The numerical equivalent of your mother is 7. Together they spell the word zu - this is it as in am zu - this nation. The numeric equivalent of zu is 13 the same as the echod - 1.


I was once standing on a corner in the Bedford/Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn - waiting for a bus to go back to Crown Heights. A little black lady came up to me and nudged me in the ribs.

"Hey there," she said. "Yes ma'am," I replied (growing up in Newark, I was taught at a very early age to be respectful of little old ladies. The urban legend had it that they all carried guns and would shoot at the first provocation). "Are you Jewish?" she asked. "Yes ma'am," I answered. "Do you know that the Jewish people are the chosen people?" she continued. "Yes ma'am," I responded. "Are you doing it?" she cackled. "I'm trying ma'am, I'm trying," came my reaction. "Well all right, then!" she shrilled as the bus pulled up and she pushed me out of the way.


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