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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.


This week's YouParsha Vayikra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXg6Rw7Ne-c Adam and the Sacrifice


Parshas Vayikra (Leviticus 1 - 5) features the procedure for many of the sacrifices. One part of the animal that was designated to be burned on the altar was the lobe of the liver and the diaphragm. Why?

Chasidus describes three kings: the brain, heart and liver. The brain controls the thoughts, the heart controls the emotions and the liver governs the actions. The liver is the largest organ as we live in the world of action. There are 70 veins in the liver corresponding to the 70 ministering angels (each nation receives its life force through a ministering angel). The numerical value of the Hebrew word for liver ca-ved is 26 similar to the numerical value of Y-H-V-H - Hashem's holy name. The liver is a place of blood and hence a place of the soul and life.

Everything exists in balance. Blood is also the medium for the animal soul and the inclination towards animal pleasures. The diaphragm separates the lungs and heart from the liver and other digestive organs. When bringing a sacrifice - in Hebrew korban meaning to come close - it is essential that one give away their animal desires and focus on the holy.


The Following is from a Letter of the Rebbe 1968. Courtesy of The Avner Institute

I read with special interest about your visit in the Holy Land. I trust that you brought back with you some of the holiness of the land, as a source of lasting inspiration. For, although Jews are a holy nation everywhere, there are various levels of holiness, and this is also quite understandable, inasmuch as the source of kedusha [holiness] is in G-d the Infinite, hence kedusha is infinite too.

A special point that Eretz Yisrael teaches us in regard to kedusha is that it is not the case that kedusha belongs only in the realm of emotion and intelligence but not necessarily in that of ordinary day-to-day affairs, least of all in the daily routine, as some erroneously think. Even though many will admit that eating matzah on Pesach is a mitzvah, they cannot see what holiness there can be in eating their daily food.

Yet, Eretz Yisroel itself can well illustrate the point. For, although at first glance it is a country like any other country, not particularly distinguished from its neighbors insofar as fauna and flora are concerned, it is nevertheless called the Holy Land – not only in respect to the area of the Beit Hamikdash [Holy Temple] and the like, but also in respect to its soil and plant life, for which reason there are the special [agricultural] mitzvoth of shemittah, trumot [resting, consecration], and ma’asrot [tithes], which do not apply to other countries.

Similarly, the Jews are a holy nation, because a Jew is expected to sanctify all his actions, including his daily routine of eating, drinking, and even sleeping, etc. (Ramban, Leviticus 19:2; Rambam, Hilchot Deot, beginning of ch. 5) – all of which should give evidence of a person who lives a sanctified way of life: starting off the day with Modeh Ani [I thank You], putting on tzitzit [ritual fringes], reciting the daily prayers, and so on. In your case it is surely unnecessary to elaborate on this further.


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