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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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The YouParsha Re'eh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9dun4uaHIw You are Children of Hashem

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Parshas Re'eh is always read before Elul. Nothing noteworthy happens in Elul. It is a time to focus on spiritual matters in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Our Sages say that during the month we must increase in prayer, Torah learning, returning to Hashem, and Tsedaka. Tsedaka does not mean charity - it means do the right thing.

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The Parsha of the week is Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17. The Parsha discusses the availability to eat meat. The subject is introduced in a unique manner. "When Hashem will broaden your borders (after you have conquered the land of Israel and driven out the seven Canaanite nations) and you will desire to eat meat..." Rashi, the classic Biblical commentator writes, "In the desert it was forbidden to eat meat. Only after the Jews entered the land was it permissible to eat meat."

Aside from the relevance of allowing us to eat meat provided it is slaughtered and prepared in accordance to the laws of kosher, there is a deeper interpretation of these verses. The Jews in the desert had all of their needs provided. They ate manna from heaven, drank from the well of Miriam, were sheltered by the clouds of glory etc. They spent their days immersed in Torah and serving the Almighty. At that time, their energies were geared toward the pursuit and acquisition of the holy and the spiritual. Physical desires were out of place. The Jews that entered Israel, on the other hand, were faced with "derech eretz", working for a living. Upon their entering the land, they were to conquer the seven nations. Each nation in the Bible is an allegorical representation of a specific character trait. Good nations represent good traits, etc. The seven Canaanite nations represent our seven animalistic (in contrast to G’dly) emotions. Faced with the challenges of making a living and being involved with the world, the Torah teaches us that it is OK to desire meat, meaning to have desires for physical pleasure. The Torah continues with a warning, "Only do not eat the blood." Do not put all of your excitement into the pleasures, but use the pleasure to serve the Almighty.

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A non-religious man once plied the Chidushei HaRim - Reb Yitschok Meir of Gur with a question. It says in the Shma to, "Take care that your hearts be lured away and you turn astray… for G'd's wrath will flare up against you." "I," said the man, "am proof that the opposite is true. I have turned away from Hashem and yet am quite successful."

The Gurrer Rebbe told the man, "If you are quoting the verse, it indicates that you have said the Shma at least once. Your success is in the merit of having said the Shma once."

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