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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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The Mitzvahs of orlah and nota rivaa are discussed in this week's Parsha - Achrai Mos/Kedoshim - Leviticus 12 -16. Fruit produced by a tree that is less than three years old is forbidden. The fruit of the fourth year must be eaten in Jerusalem. Only in the fifth year can one eat fruit normally. The Alter Rebbe - first Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that the fruit of the first three years is spiritually rooted in the three lower spiritual realms of Creation, Formation and Action and have a direct connection to the forces of evil, which are also rooted in these three realms. The fourth year fruit comes from the world of Emanation, which has less of a connection to evil, while the fifth year fruit comes from beyond the spectrum. It would seem that if the fifth year fruit comes from such a lofty source, it would be the most holy.

The Rebbe clarifies this problem with a story: The Baal Shem Tov spent many years traveling incognito before he became Rebbe. A major part of his travels was to encourage the local folk to be more aware of Hashem in their daily lives. He would teach them to say such expressions as Boruch Hashem, Thank G'd, etc. when asked about their health, business and etc. It once happened that the Baal Shem Tov came to a city. In that city was a scholar who had secluded himself for more than 50 years in the local synagogue; studying day and night, fasting and wear talis and tefillin the entire day. The Baal Shem Tov approached the hermit dressed as a farm yokel. He repeatedly asked the hermit how he was, but was ignored. Eventually, the hermit tired of the intrusion, motioned for the Baal Shem Tov to leave. The Baal Shem Tov responded, "How long will you deny Hashem his livelihood?" This statement perplexed the hermit. The Baal Shem Tov explained that there exists a quid pro quo with G'd. Hashem gives us sustenance in exchange for his sustenance. A verse in Tehillim states, "You Hashem are holy, dwelling on the praises of Israel." Hashem's livelihood is our praises of him.

One would think that the best way to sustain Hashem would be through learning Torah. Chasidus explains that the purpose of creation is to create a dwelling for G'd in this physical world. Learning Torah is not good enough, as the Torah remains very lofty. A Jew recognizing that even the fruit of the fifth year, which is not holy and can be eaten in a place of spiritual impurity, are the result of the blessing of Hashem culminates this purpose.


Mrs. Chaya Kahan relates:

I remember sitting down and writing a letter to the Rebbe. My daughter Rivka, who was then six years old, approached me and asked, “Mommy, what are you writing?” I replied, “I am writing a letter to the Rebbe for his advice.” Rivka then asked, “Can I write a letter to the Rebbe also?” I told her, "Yes.”My daughter then sat down and wrote the following:

Dear Rebbe, I like you very much.

~Chasia Rivka Kahan.

Two weeks later, much to my excitement, an envelope came in the mail addressed to Miss Chasia Rivka Kahan. I then called my daughter over, where we sat down and read the letter together:

Miss Chasia Rivka Kahan,

Blessings and Greetings,

I was pleased to receive your letter, and thank you very much for letting me know how you feel. I am therefore sure that you conduct yourself in a way that is fitting for a Jewish girl, the daughter of Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah, the mothers of our people, about whom you have surely heard about.

With Blessing.

(The Rebbe's signature)


I personally witnessed for close to five years how every day the mailman would bring two gunny sacks filled with mail for the Rebbe. The Rebbe read each letter and responded personally. Each day the Rebbe would receive inquiries involving matters of life and death - quite literally. Heads of state and various dignitaries visited him, regularly. Yet, the Rebbe took the time to inspire a six year old girl.


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