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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 Vayeshev - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg8ZoldNsmA The Sale of Joseph

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The Parsha focuses on the trials of Yosef with his brothers. The ultimate reason Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, was to facilitate Yaakov's descent into exile. Joseph displayed tremendous self-sacrifice. He was the only Jew in the entire Egypt, yet his determination to adhere to his religious beliefs carried him to the position of viceroy of the world's leading superpower.

The Maccabees were a very small group. They, too, displayed determination for their beliefs and were successful. An interesting point of Jewish law is raised. The law states that if there is no oil that meets the strict specification for the Menorah in the Temple, any oil may be used. The Maccabees, however, were not going to settle for second best. They drove out the Greeks and defeated the assimilated Hellenistic Jews. They demanded that serving Hashem the best possible way was the only option.

Most mitzvahs have different levels of performance; the simple way and the hiddur or more beautiful way. Tefillin can be no smaller than two fingers square (the Jewish version of "I'll have a double"). Nicer Tefillin are four fingers square. The mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah candles may also be performed on various levels: simple, beautiful and even more beautiful, mehadrin min hamehadrin. The simple way to kindle the Chanukah candles is to light one candle each night. The more beautiful way is that each person of the household light one candle. The most beautiful way - the mehadrin min hamehadrin is that on the first night we light one, the second two, until the eighth night, eight. No one lights Chanukah candles in any other way than the very best. The Maccabees influence has affected us even 2500 years later.

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The first Lubavitcher Rebbe, Reb Schnuer Zalman of Liadi, was arrested for a second time and held under house arrest in Moscow. His was released on the third day of Chanukah. The Rebbe was able to see into the royal gardens from the window of the house where he was confined. One day, he saw Czar Paul strolling through the gardens and commented that he was no longer czar. Shortly thereafter, Paul was assassinated.

When asked about his apparent display of divine inspiration, the Rebbe commented that a king below is a reflection of the King above. When he saw Nicholas in the garden, he did not perceive that Divinity. He therefore concluded that Paul would be assassinated.

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