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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 - Vayishlach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3UPU91BXJs The Relationship between Yaakov and Eisav


Parsha Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 - 36:31, features the encounter of Yaakov and Eisav as Yaakov prepared to return home after living 22 years with his father-in-law/uncle Laban. Eisav prepared an army of 400 men to fight Yaakov. Efron the Hittite offered the sale of The Machpela Cave to Avrohom as a burial site for 400 pieces of silver. Is there a correlation?

The forces of evil are rooted in the Divine attribute of severity/constraint. This attribute limits Divine expression to a usable commodity. Were it not for constraint, the G'dly flow would be too great and nothing limited could exist. With every limitation - some overflow is cast aside. That surplus G'dliness is the spiritual source of evil. The ultimate source of evil is analogized by the number 400.

The ability to limit is the product of Desire. How much one wants to limit determines the exact amount needed to produce the desired effect. The Divine attribute of will (as all attributes) is comprised of all the other ten making 100 sub-attributes. Evil focuses on four of those sub-attributes: understanding, constraint, consistency (all on the left side - the side of limitation) and foundation. Four x ten x ten = 400. Both Eisav and Efron wanted to tap into Divine will to overcome the forces of holiness. Avrohom diverted Efron's attempt by disengagement. Avrohom paid for the cave with high standard silver. The Hebrew word for silver is kesef and relates to the word desire. Avrohom redirected Efron's attempts towards G'dly desire - The Machpela Cave was, is and always will be property of the Jewish people.

Yaakov was able to divert Eisav's attempts by converting the Divine flow from constraint to Harmony/mercy/truth. Eisav approached Yaakov alone. The 400 men had all disappeared. Our service to Hashem must incorporate Yaakov's attributes of harmony and truth, as well.


Dan and Sue came to their local Chabad Rabbi. They wanted to get married. The rabbi explained that he was more than overjoyed to officiate at the ceremony but there were conditions: Their Judaism needed to be verified, she would need to go to the mikveh, the reception would need to be kosher and if either had been previously married a get - Jewish bill of divorce would be required.

Sue confided to the rabbi that many years prior, she had made a "mistake" and was married for six hours. The Rabbi explained that she still needed a get. With great difficulty and the help of Chabad rabbis in Los Angeles, they managed to track down the "mistake". After the get was given the officiating rabbi informed Sue that she was free to marry anyone in 92 days (a safeguard to insure that the wife is not pregnant from husband #1) - a month after their planned wedding day.

Sue frantically returned to the local rabbi - She wanted to get married earlier. They had plans, honeymoon, work. The rabbi smiled and told her she needed to do the right thing. Her final words as she left the rabbi's office, "I will do what's right - but why would the Almighty torment us!"

Her answer came on December 26, 2004 - two weeks after the first scheduled date. Their plans were to be on their honeymoon in Indonesia. On that day, the now infamous tsunami destroyed the hotel in which they were to be staying. Halacha is there to help - not to hinder.


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