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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 Kedoshim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gUK-8tNvT0 The Beard and Divine Mercy

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This week's Parsha is Kedoshim, Leviticus 19 - 20. The theme of the portion is to be holy, "Because I (Hashem) am holy." It is interesting to note, that aside for the mentioning of a few details of sacrifices, the mitzvahs listed here deal with basic human decency. Included are: Loving a fellow as one's self, the prohibitions of tattoos, giving bad advice, shaving the beard, and practicing witchcraft to name a few. The holiness barometer is not measured by the time one spends engaged in prayer, study and meditation, but rather, by one's mentchlichkeit.

One commandment is the prohibition of "Lo samod al dom reyecha, Do not stand by as your friend is in danger." Rashi, the classic Bible commentator explains, "You see someone in a perilous situation, like drowning or attacked by a wild animal or robbers and you have the ability to save them." This commandment is not only to be taken in a physical sense, but spiritual one as well. The Hebrew word for drowning is toveiya. It means sunk and is related to the Hebrew word for nature - tevah. G'dliness is sunk and hidden within nature. It is very easy for a person to be totally consumed and overwhelmed by the pleasures of the world. Wild animals, (as my bubby called us, vildeh chayas) and robbers can also refer to one's desires. The animal does not have to be external but rather our own internal animal drives. If a person sees someone so overcome by the world, the Torah encourages us not to stand by idly and watch.

A person may say to themselves, "Who am I and what am I? I am not a professional and I have my own problems anyway." The Baal Shem Tov writes that whatever a person sees or hears is specifically related to them and their service to the creator. Nothing in the world was created for no purpose and everything in the world was created for Hashem's honor. Rashi writes that you have the ability to save them. This is not a conditional statement but one of fact. The Almighty has shown this to you. It is now your job.

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Another of the prohibitions in this Parsha is delaying the wages of a hired worker.

Reb Zuzya of Anipoli - 200 years ago, Russia, was extremely poor. His wife once lamented that she needed a new dress. Finally they saved enough to buy fabric. She was fitted by the local tailor. A week passed and the Rebbetzin went to pick up her new dress.

She came home and sighed. Reb Zuzya asked her what was wrong with the dress. She responded that while she was trying on the dress, the tailor lamented that he had a daughter that was of marriageable age and they could not afford clothes for her suitable for dating. The wife felt so bad that she gave the new dress to the tailor.

Reb Zuzya asked her, "And did you pay the man?" She responded, "I gave him the dress!" Reb Zuzya insisted that his wife go and pay the poor tailor saying that this man was depending on the funds to help pay his bills, his family could not eat a new dress.

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