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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 Bo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUmLY2waLHM Go To Pharaoh


The killing of the first-born is the last plague in Parsha Bo, Exodus 11:1 - 13:17. There are four types of first-born mentioned in the plague: of all Egypt, Pharaoh, the slave women who grind at the mill and the animals. Shach on the Torah (1550's) writes that these four firstborn correspond to the four kabalistic levels of evil - referred to as klipah, as they are comprised of the four basic elements; earth, water, air and fire. Klipah is literally a shell. The shell of a nut is necessary only while the nut is growing. It must be, however, thrown away in order to eat the nut.

The outer soft skin of the nut is bitter and relates to the element of fire. This part of the shell corresponds to the first born of all Egypt (the last letter of the words firstborn of the land of Egypt spell the Hebrew word "metzar - limit"). The next part of the shell is the hard part that must be cracked. This corresponds to the first born of Egypt and the element of earth. Pharaoh spelled backwards in Hebrew is dirt. The next level is the dry skin that is eaten with the nut. It refers to the slave woman grinding at the mill as the teeth grind the nut and bring out the moisture - the element of water. The final level is the very, very fine skin that is not even noticed. This corresponds to the element of air, which is not seen and the first born of the animals that do not matter.

Once all the klipas were broken, the element of holiness could be redeemed. The exodus of Egypt took a blink of an eye. Since there was no longer any opposition to holiness - there was nothing to hold back the Divine revelation. The exodus of Egypt was the third greatest revelation of G'dliness only to be exceeded by the splitting of the sea and the giving of the Torah. We find ourselves, once again, in our own Egypt. The klipas dominate and the G'dly revelation is obscured. With the coming of Moshiach - those obstructions will be removed and we will witness the greatess revelation of Hashem. May we merit it now.


The following is an exerpt from the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe's Diary. His Yahrtzeit is commemorated Tuesday.

Motzaei Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Eikev, the evening of 18 Menachem Av. I have been paid very great honor, not merited by many in Eretz Yisroel and in Jerusalem in particular, by all political parties without exception. For this I thank G'd. But in my innermost being, I am broken into pieces.

My first Mincha at the Kosel Maaravi cost me much in terms of health. I kept in mind a vision of myself standing in the Beis HaMikdash. At such a moment, standing at the wall of the Beis HaMikdash, everything becomes different. A person is completely changed. He experiences a certain spiritual elevation, a broken-heart, a sense of self-nullification. It is as if the whole fleshly I, the ego, has disappeared. Everything becomes elevated and subsumed in the spiritual, in the realm of the soul, in a layer of rachmanus, an outpouring of the soul in pure prayer and devotion to Above.

That first Mincha afforded me a certain amount of spiritual strength. May HaKadosh Boruch Hu accept all our prayers and requests with everything good.


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