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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 Vaera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkrjshmwqfE. You Don't Need a Crown to be Regal

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The Portion of Vaera, Exodus 6 - 9, focuses on the ten plagues. Much of the story line is quite familiar to many as it forms the bulk of the Pesach Haggadah. We see a pattern in analysis of the plagues. The first plague was the plague of blood. It affected not only the water supply of the Egyptians, but the philosophy of their lives. It does not rain in Egypt. Egyptians rely on melting mountain snows to flood the Nile River and irrigate their fields. The Nile was their source of life and they worshipped it. There is a classic commentary on a verse from last week’s Parsha, Throw all the boys into the Nile and make the girls live. This was the method of death for the boys because it showed a physical domination of the Egyptian polytheism over the Jewish monotheism. The verse however, does not say allow the girls to live, but make them live. Make them live as proper Egyptians, assimilate into their culture and prove a spiritual dominance of the Egyptian polytheism over the Jewish monotheism.

By attacking the Nile first, the Almighty was displaying a dominance over the entire Egyptian culture. This can be explained with the physical difference between blood and water. Both liquids are essential for life. Water is user friendly, blood is repulsive. (Jews are commanded not to eat blood. The Talmud says that we would not eat blood anyway as people find the thought of it repulsive (I know that there are primitive cultures that do indeed include the consumption of blood into their daily lives and there are those barbaric individuals that consumer something called blutworst, but they are ,after all, primitive and barbaric). We are commanded not to eat blood in order to give every Jew the mitzvah of not eating blood and thereby receive the reward for not eating blood.) Water is cold and calculating, blood is warm and enlivening. The water was turned specifically into blood as a sign that our service to Hashem should not be cold, calculating and Nile-like, but rather warm, enlivening and G'dlike.

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A man once came to the Maharash, the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Reb Schmuel with a query of a certain matter. After much discussion, the Rebbe said, “This and this are what you should do.” The man replied, “Rebbe, ich ken nisht, Rebbe I simply cannot do that.” The Rebbe looked sternly at the man and mumbled to himself, “The fault is mine. If I were a truly G'd fearing person, he would listen. As our sages say, “The words of the G'd fearing are listened to.” There upon the Rebbe delved deeply into his thoughts, looking for ways to improve himself. After some time, his face underwent a change. The Chassid immediately called out, “Rebbe I am ready to listen.”

As soon as we improve ourselves, we affect others around us.

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