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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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Don't forget the YouParsha for Dvorim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdG7qAEJ4kU. The Jews are not given all Canaan.

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This week, we begin the Book of Deuteronomy with Parshas Dvorim - Deut. 1:1 - 3:22. The book is a review of the events of the 40 years from the Exodus until Moshe's passing. Moshe explains to the Jewish people that Hashem showed them the Promised Land while they stood at Sinai. Rashi, the classic Bible commentator, explains that the Jewish People actually saw Israel. Moshe did not need to explain the details of the land.

Sinai is 11 days journey from Israel. How could they see the land? The Rebbe explains that even though it was an 11-day journey from Sinai to Israel; the Jews made it in three. Hashem caused no delay when the time came for the Jewish People to enter Israel. The Jews were told that they would not even need weapons to conquer Israel, as Hashem would be the driving force for the battles. What the Jewish People needed to see is that the Almighty directs their battles. Their coming and remaining in Israel is through directed miracles.

The Tzemach Tzedek once answered someone who requested to move to Israel in the 1850's, "Make Israel here." Israel is not a country, but a state of mind. A person must establish a holy environment wherever they live. Hashem directs us in pursuit of that goal.

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Rabbi Pinchas Teitz, obm, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, made twenty-two trips to Soviet Russia. He often smuggled in important Jewish paraphernalia, such as tefillin and prayer books, for the Jews of the USSR.

While preparing for trip in 1984, a representative of the Rebbe came to his house with a package of prayer books, Bibles and several pairs of tefillin. This was no surprise; he was already used to, and even expected, the arrival of an emissary. The Rebbe always knew when he was going to Russia - even though he never informed him. This time the messenger gave a pocket-sized Tanya, the foundational book of Chabad teachings, to the rabbi. He explained that the Rebbe asked that Rabbi Teitz keep it with him while in Russia.

While walking to his hotel from the Great Synagogue in Moscow, two young men suddenly approached him. They took him by the arms, gagged him and put a hood over his head. They forced him into a car. Rabbi Teitz began praying in earnest. His fears were soon dissipated, however, as his two “snatchers” turned out to be local Chabad Chassidim. They apologized for the rough treatment, explaining that this was the only means by which they could possibly bring him to a safe house without raising suspicion. They wanted the rabbi to deliver a message to the Lubavitcher Rebbe from each of them.

The older one had recently found out that the KGB was actively pursuing him. He wanted to know whether the Rebbe thought he should flee Moscow and move to another city, or remain, despite the obvious danger, in order to maintain and further his important educational activities in the Jewish underground. The second man wanted the Rebbe’s advice whether to apply for an emigration visa to Israel. Recently, a number of such requests had been approved. The problem was that he currently held an excellent position as a top engineer. He would be fired from his job as soon as he submitted his application. If the request was refused, he would be left without any means of support.

Rabbi Teitz happened to mention the Tanya the Rebbe gave him. They opened to a page that was dog-eared to the words. He is extremely pressed for time, and finds it utterly impossible to delay . . .” (p. 323 in the standard edition; p. 634 in the bilingual edition). "The Rebbe is telling me to hurry and escape from here," cried out the older chosid. The younger chosid quickly picked up the book and eagerly examining it, found another crimped page marking the words, "to enter the Land," (p. 74 in the standard edition; p. 130 in the bilingual edition). He shouted excitedly. "I should apply to make aliyah to Israel now."

The two pleaded with Rabbi Teitz to allow them to keep the book. He refused, saying that the Rebbe had instructed him to carry it with him but had said nothing about giving it to anyone.

Rabbi Teitz would report to the Rebbe after each trip. In this audience, the Rebbe kept asking him, "Is there anything else?" Finally, the Rebbe asked directly about the Tanya. At that moment, Rabbi Teitz related, he had a strong desire to become a follower of the Rebbe. He saw to what extent the Rebbe took care of his Chasidim.

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