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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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Don't forget the YouParsha for Shlach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBw4tWF_Cfo. Even the Almighty couldn't do It.

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This week is Parshas Shlach, Numbers 13 -15. The story of the spies occupies most of the Parsha. The Jewish people requested that Moshe send reconnaissance to Israel (Makes sense - why would anyone going into a situation expecting combat without any knowledge of terrain and etc?). Many commentaries interpret that Hashem was against the spies as Rashi writes on the verse "Send for yourself spies," for yourself, I Hashem do not need spies. Hashem must have wanted the spies. Rashi - the simple interpretation of the Chumash explains that Hashem performed miracles for them. They travelled over 1000 miles on foot in 40 days. Was the whole spies incident a set-up?

The spies were charged with a specific mission: geography, topology, agriculture, census - facts. They reported that the land was a land flowing with milk and honey - as was promised. Their function as spies was not to process the data. They maintained that even Hashem could not conquer the land (see this week's YouParsha [click on the link]) for insights how they could think that Hashem could not be in total control of any situation). They were, however, motivated by self-interests. They lived in a cloistered environment devoid of worries. Why change the status quo. Their error caused a 40-year delay in entering Israel.

Chasidus explains that we exist in order to make this lowly terrestrial environment a "dwelling for G'd". We have manuals that instruct us how to go about making a dwelling. The ultimate dwelling is the coming of Moshiach. Our self-interests have been steering us away from that goal. We have the manuals - we just need to stick to them.

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The Baal Shem Tov would sit with his students on Shabbos evening following the afternoon prayers for the third meal. At this meal, he would deliver deep insights into the Torah. The meal would be followed by the evening prayers and very often, the group would sit down immediately for melava malka - the post Shabbos feast.

On one such occasion, the Baal Shem Tov turned to his student Reb Dovid Leikes and told him to reach into his (Reb Dovid's) pocket, take out a gold coin and purchase provisions for the meal from the local innkeeper. Reb Dovid did as he was instructed.

It is told that the greatness of the story is not that the Baal Shem Tov performed a miracle and a gold coin was manifest in Reb Dovid's pocket immediately following the Shabbos (Reb Dovid was a profoundly righteous man and would never have carried money in his pockets on Shabbos), but that Reb Dovid, without hesitation, trusted the Holy Baal Shem Tov, put his hand in his pocket without objection and found a gold coin there.

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