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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 Emor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkBjC1nqi5I Shavuos is the Ingathering


One of the prohibitions mentioned in Parshas Emor - Levitius 21-24, is eating grain harvested before the second day of Pesach. This grain is called chadash or new grain (the opposite would be yashan - old grain). The verse states, "Bread you should not eat until this day, until after the sacrifice to Hashem is brought (referring to the barley offering on the second day of Pesach). It is an eternal commandment for all generations in all your dwellings." There is an argument among the codifiers as to the meaning of "in all your dwellings." Some say that eating yashon is to be kept even outside Israel. Others maintain that the expression only indicates that chadash is prohibited once the Jewish people conquer Israel. The reason for the argument is that normally "in all your dwellings" means everywhere Jews live. Those who disagree maintain that would be true only of mitzvahs done with a person's body. Chadash is an expression of the land of Israel and is only kept in Israel.

There are two lessons to be learned from this verse, based on each interpretation. For those who say that yashan is adhered to only in Israel, this verse speaks to the animal inclinations. We are told that we can enjoy the good of this world, but we must wait until after the sacrifice was brought. Every kosher entity was put in the world for man to utilize. That person must first stop and think, "How am I making the world a better place if I decide to use this thing?" Only then does it become permitted.

For those who say that yashan is kept only in Israel, There is a deficit in that we no longer offer the barley sacrifice and therefore are not careful with chadash. Sensing that lack, our yearning for G'dliness should be strong enough to speed the coming of Moshiach, the ingathering of the exiles, building of the third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the revival of the dead and the reinstatement of all the sacrifices including the barley sacrifice brought the second day of Pesach.


A bochur from Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh Mesivta was in front of a major grocery store doing mivtzoim when he saw a man nearing. "Are you Jewish?" he asked. The man replied, "Yes, but I don't want your stuff!"

So he asked the man, "What don't you want?" "You want me to put on Tefillin. I'm not interested. Judaism is fake." And then the man added, "I invested with Bernie Madoff, and he stole all my money, and slaughtering animals is painful to the animals and cruel etc."

The man was going on and on, while walking into the store, then to the bakery. All the while, the bochur followed him around, listening to his rant.

Then the man told the bochur that he tried out all different religions and that he now lives in Arizona, but was in Pittsburgh because he was totally broke - he didn't even own a cell phone! As the man started to get into his car, with the bochur still listening to him, he began to tear up.

The bochur, feeling a little uncomfortable, pulled a $10 bill out of his pocket and slipped it into the man's pocket and blessed him that with G-d's help you will become a millionaire starting with these ten dollars. With that, the man began to sob, and told the bochur that never had a person in the street give him money. "Usually it was the other way around." The man agreed to put on Tefillin. The bochur then told him to pour his heart out to Hashem. The person, while crying, spoke to Hashem for some time, then he screamed out "Hashem, I love you!" "I can't take your $10 because your dad's going to be upset that you gave away the spending money that he gave you."

The bochur answered that his father would be very proud and happy that he gave the money away. The man however insisted on returning the money. Then and there the bochur called his father and put the phone on speaker phone, telling his father who he planned to give $10 to and asked his father what he thought about that. His father told the man that he was very proud, and that those were the best $10 dollars that he would have ever spent. With that, the bochur asked the man to promise that whenever someone would ask him to put on Tefillin, he would agree without an argument and the man readily agreed.


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