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Ki Sissa 5777
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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 Vayikra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr6_0jqTkMI. The Small Alef
Vayikra, Leviticus 1-5, is this week's Parsha. The Parsha features the details of bringing a korbon - sacrifice in the Temple. These korbonos created a rayach nichoach - pleasant spirit for G'd. This nachas was given to Hashem because we did what Hashem wanted (the sin and guilt offerings do not say this expression as these offerings were due to a misdeed). Any mitzvah should, therefore, give Hashem nachas as we are doing what Hashem wants.
The difference is that the one bringing the korban was doing so specifically because Hashem wanted it done. Other mitzvahs are performed as an expression of the individual. The korban was performed as an expression of what the Almighty wanted.
The main part of the korban was the feeling the person expressed while offering it. That feeling can be duplicated now even without a korban. The idea of a korban was to establish a relationship with Hashem. We don't need barbeque for that, just a proper feeling in the heart.
(Based on Likuitei Sichos vol 32)
Once, when the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch was traveling through Berditchev, he saw a group of elderly Tolna chassidim carrying buckets of water and scrubbing the walls and floor of a little shul in preparation for a visit from their Rebbe the following day. When the Rebbe asked them why they were doing all the work themselves instead of letting the younger chassidim help, they answered, "We are doing this ourselves because we want to have healthy angels to assist the advocating angels who come out of the tekios, the blasts of the shofar."
"The Yehi Ratzon that is said after the tekios of Rosh HaShanah mentions 'the angels that are formed from the blowing of the shofar, and from the tekia, the shevarim, the teruah, and the tekiah, (kshr"k),' [the identifying letters of the Hebrew words that signify the various sounds of the shofar]?
Well, one Rosh HaShanah the holy Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev said: 'Sweet Father, compassionate Father! Just in case the angels that proceed from the shofar that Levi Yitzchak the son of Sarah Sasha has just blown are weak angels, let their place be taken by the holy, healthy angels that were created by the toil of your people in preparation for Passover, as they cleaned their kitchen utensils in order to fulfill their mitzvah as perfectly as possible: kratzen (scouring), shobben (scraping), rieben (rubbing), and kasheren (making kosher)!' — [for the initials of these four Yiddish words are also kshr"k]."
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