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Back in 1996, Rabbi Finman was asked to speak to the niece of one of his students. After spending many hours answering her questions, the woman gave Rabbi Finman her e-mail address. Rabbi Finman wrote the woman a note and included in it a short insight into that week's Parsha and a short Chasidic story.

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 Shmini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgyWPBHrkDc&t=45s the number eight.

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Passover is the traditional time to thoroughly clean the house. My bubby obm, once told me that in the shtetl everything was made as though new. She commented that right before Pesach, they would sweep out the old dirt and put new dirt on the floor. The reason for this thorough cleaning is to remove even the slightest crumb. Even an insignificant crumb is forbidden on Passover. It is stated in the Kaballa that when one is scrupulous in their adherence to removing this slight crumb, the Almighty overlookes their more serious wrongdoings.

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Towards the end of the Hagadda, we describe the matzoh and we ask, Matzoh zu, al shum mah, literally, this matzoh, why do we eat it? The expression can be translated, "This matzoh is for the sake of Mah." The word mah in Hebrew is its own antonym. Mah means "what?" and also "that". The word mah is usually described in the Kaballa to refer to the faculty of wisdom. Wisdom is the initial flash of brilliance that is the beginning of every idea. It is in essence nothing more than a potential and therefore nothing. A what? Because it will eventually develop into a complete concept, it is therefore the totality of everything. The absolute something. The Almighty can be described as non dimensional as well as infinitely dimensional. By eating matzoh, which has no taste, we tap into that state. When one touches that quintessential level of mah, they have gone out of their personal Egypt.

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