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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 Eikev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FzQrkYuF3I The Levites Belong to Hashem


This week is Parshas Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25. The second paragraph of the Shma is at the end of the Parsha. One of the mitzvahs mentioned in that paragraph is to learn Torah. Torah is learned in many ways, i.e,

When you sit at home - refers to the soul's occupation with Torah when it has yet to come into a body. In its pristine form, the soul is absolutely united with Hashem and his wisdom - the Torah. The soul there feels a total sense of nullification. When you go on the way refers to the time during which the soul descends from the world to world from plane to plane until it comes below to this lowest world to be invested in a physical body. With each descent, the soul loses some of its original connection to infiniteness. There the soul goes in the way of the world until the time of old age, until...

When you lie down - when man's appointed time arrives. Then,too, the Torah will protect him, as explained in Pirkei Avos that Reb Yossi ben Kisma would only take the position of Rabbi in a place of Torah. As King David writes, "Better are your words than pearls and gold."

When you rise up - as it says, "When you awaken (with the resurrection of the dead), it will be your lesson."

Based on Hayom Yom Menachem Av 13.


A certain Chasid was having money problems. He wrote the Rebbe who replied that the man should buy a first class ticket to Japan. Not having the funds, the man had to borrow the money. When the meal was served on the plane, the chasid realized that he had forgotten to order kosher and refused the food offered.

The Japanese man sitting next to the Chasid inquired why he did not take the meal. The Chasid replied that the food was not kosher and he could not eat it. As much as the Japanese man implored him to eat, the Chasid refused. The two struck up a conversation. The Chasid explained that he was in need of work and was going to Japan to find some opportunity. The co-traveler took out his business card and handed it to the Chasid telling him that if he could not find anything to give him a call.

A very large trade fair was going on in Tokyo at that time. The Chasid petitioned every business at the fair to become a trade representative in the US, but to no avail. On the last day of his trip, the Chasid called the Japanese man and told him that he was unsuccessful in finding a position as a manufacturer's rep. The Japanese man replied, "We are starting a new fashion line and are looking for a US representative. I know that because you would not touch unkosher food, you are honest and trustworthy." With that, the Rebbe's blessing for help with money matters was fulfilled.


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