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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 Naso/Shavuos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxyj_1F-6wMThe Dedication of the Altar-the Dedication of Matan Torah


Parshas Naso, Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 begins with the various work details of Sanctuary in the Desert. These details were carried out by the Levites which were divided into three; Gershon, Kehos and Merari – Levi’s three son’s. The Torah describes the detail of Kehos first. It included the carrying of the Holy Ark, menorah, altars, etc. Why was the second son given the more important job and why was the second son mentioned first?

The Hebrew word Gershon is derived from the word garush – meaning driven away. Gershon’s service to the Almighty was turn away from the pursuit of mundane and animalistic pleasures. Kehos means gather together. His service was to gather in the good deeds, i.e., mitzvahs.

Gershon was the first born of Levy. When one begins their service to the creator, a person should stress turning away from evil. This process cleanses the soul and allows them to make themselves proper vehicles for doing good deeds.

Ultimately, this world was created to make it a better place. This is accomplished by the good deeds we do. These good deeds draw a person closer to the Almighty and make this world a dwelling place for the Divine Presence. Hence, Kehos came first.

(based on Likutei Sichos Vol XIII)


Before his revelation as a Chassidic master, the Bal Shem Tov, whose yahr tseit is celebrated on Shavuos, was employed as a Shochet, a ritual slaughterer. Once, one of the local Jewish landholders sent his non-Jewish servant with a chicken to the shochet to be slaughtered. Some time passed and the servant returned with the live bird. The landowner inquired as to why he had not had the bird slaughtered. The servant replied there was a new shochet in town, as the old one, the Bal Shem Tov, had left. "Well," inquired the landowner, "Why did you not have it slaughtered?" The servant replied, "This shochet does not slaughter properly.” “What do you mean?” quizzed his boss. “This shochet wets his sharpening stone with water,” explained the servant. “Reb Yisroel would wet his stone with tears." (Tales of the Bal Shem Tov)


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