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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.


Don't forget the YouParsha for Emor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtM2IvWNI00 The Job of the Cohain.


Parshas Emor, Leviticus 21-24, focuses on the Cohanim - the sons of Aaron who were to work in the temple. Many Cohanim are excluding from Temple service because of a physical defect: bald, lame, dwarf, left-handed, etc. This would seem unfair in this the era of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Temple sacrifices were a vehicle for connecting to the Almighty. Any distraction would lessen that process. We wanted the Cohanim to be invisible. Not that those who worked in the Temple were the "beautiful" people, but the "average Joe". Something as simple as a unibrow would shift the focus of this achieved relationship to something else.

The animals, on the other hand, were much more scrutinized. They had to be perfect - a split lip would invalidate the animal. When doing a mitzvah - only the best will do. The connection made to Hashem through the sacrifice was dependant on the intention of the one who offered it. The relationship we have with Hashem is the relationship make with Hashem.


Reb Zusha and Reb Elimelech - circa late 1700's, once found themselves in jail. Reb Zusha started to cry as the open latrine in the cell meant they could not learn Torah. Reb Elimelech consoled him, "The G'd who said you can learn Torah only in a clean place is the same G'd who said you cannot learn in a filthy place. Right now, you have a mitzvah not to learn Torah."

Reb Zusha became very excited when he heard this and began to dance. His joy was so infectious that in a very short time, he had all of his cell mates up and dancing. The commotion brought the guards who wanted to know what was all the ruckus. The prisoners pointed to Zusha. The guard asked him, "And what is making you so happy?" Reb Zusha pointed to the latrine. "If that's the case," snarled the guard, "I am removing it immediately."


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