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Back in 1996, Rabbi Finman was asked to speak to the niece of one of his students. After spending many hours answering her questions, the woman gave Rabbi Finman her e-mail address. Rabbi Finman wrote the woman a note and included in it a short insight into that week's Parsha and a short Chasidic story.

Realizing that this was something no one was yet doing,, Rabbi Finman sent the missive to his mailing list of about 30 people. Requests from recipients friends came pouring in. The next week Rabbi Finman sent the e-Parsha to 100 people. Within a year more than 2000 people were receiving it. Today, more than 14,000 receive the e-Parsha weekly and the requests keep coming in.

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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 Yisro - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYiBiHj3Cx0&feature=plcp&context=C3a55da4UDOEgsToPDskI5Q6C7S2DuTTk24_DKOWiO The House of Jacob

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The giving of the Torah occurs in Parshas Yisro, Exodus 18-20. Hashem descended on the Mountain and the mountain was engulfed entirely in smoke. Why?

Smoke is caused by fire. The intensity of the smoke depends on the nature of the composition of what is being burned. Oil produces much less smoke than wood. The same is true spiritually. The purpose of the fire descending on Mount Sinai was to negate the stark coarseness of the physical world, making it a vehicle for conveying G'liness. Since the world was so coarse, the mountain was engulfed in smoke.

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It once happened when the Mittler Rebbe, Reb Dovber, second Lubavitcher Rebbe, was ten years old. He came home from school to find his father's Chasidim Shmuel Munkes, Yosel Shklover and Shlomo Refoels sitting in the area outside the Rebbe's study. Schmuel asked the other two why they looked so depressed. They responded that business was really very bad. The young Berel comically responded to their complaints, "It says in the verse Atzavayhem kesef v'zahar maaseh y'day adom - literally their monuments are silver and gold, the work of man. Atzavayhem can also be atzvohem - their depression is from gold and silver, they believe that it is through their own hands that they become successful." Continuing the verse, the Mittler Rebbe added, "'They have eyes that don't see,' the Divine providence in everything, 'ears that don't hear' that Hashem is one and only feel externality and therefore 'they have a nose that doesn't smell', they have no sensitivity or feeling towards spirituality.'" =====================

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