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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.


Don't forget the YouParsha for Vaeschanon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6hdEWloGp0. You shall Stick yourself to Hashem


This week, we read Parshas Vaeschanon, Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11. This is the first of seven weeks of consolation following Tisha B'Av. The haftora Nachamu nachamu ami indicates a double effort of comforting and sets the stage for the ensuing weeks.

The word vaeschanon has a numerical equivalent of 515. Five hundred relates to the completion of emotional service to G'd (there are five primary emotions. Each of the five contain 10 levels and each of the 10 levels contain 10; 5x10x10=500). Fifteen represents Hashem's highest name Y-H. Moshe, by pleading with Hashem 515 times to be allowed to enter Israel, opened the path to complete prayer for the Jewish people.

In order for the double consolation of nachamu to be realized, people need to extend a double effort in both their relationship with Hashem by performing mitzvahs with greater care, effort and joy, praying with more intensity and learning more, as well as their interpersonal relationships in influencing others.

It is no coincidence that Moshe details the establishment of the cities of refuge in Parshas Vaeschanon. People who needed to flee to these cities were aided by signs at every crossroad that said refuge, refuge (that way). During these weeks following Tisha B'Av (the cause of the destruction of the second temple was a lack of interpersonal relationships), which are a preparation for Rosh Hashana (the day when we are standing all as one before G'd), we must be the sign posts for others showing the way of refuge, refuge.


In memory of those killed during the 1929 Chevron massacre HY"D, Menachem Av 17, 5689.

The Previous Lubavticher Rebbe spent the Fast of Tamuz in Chevron. One of the Lubavitchers living there requested a brocha that he see the Rebbe again. The Rebbe did not respond.

On Menachem Av 5, yahr tseit of the Ariza"l - author of the kabala, the Rebbe went to the grave of the Ariza"l in Tsfas. He requested to be left alone by the grave. Copious weeping could be heard emanating from the gravesite. When he came out, the Rebbe called one of the Chasidim and whispered something to him. The Chasid told those around him that he did not understand what the Rebbe meant. It was not until 12 days later - the Rebbe was already on a ship bound for America, did he understand.

This Chasid did not live in the Jewish quarter of Chevron but near the Arab market. When the commotion in the street started, his wife became worried and said they should go to the Jewish quarter to be safe. The man then understood the Rebbe's words, "When you hear a noise in the street, lock your doors and do not go out." Sixty-seven Jews were killed that day. May Hashem revenge their blood.


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