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Back in 1996, Rabbi Finman was asked to speak to the niece of one of his students. After spending many hours answering her questions, the woman gave Rabbi Finman her e-mail address. Rabbi Finman wrote the woman a note and included in it a short insight into that week's Parsha and a short Chasidic story.

Realizing that this was something no one was yet doing,, Rabbi Finman sent the missive to his mailing list of about 30 people. Requests from recipients friends came pouring in. The next week Rabbi Finman sent the e-Parsha to 100 people. Within a year more than 2000 people were receiving it. Today, more than 14,000 receive the e-Parsha weekly and the requests keep coming in.

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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.


This week's YouParsha Vayetzei - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAbDf63KsGM Speckled, Spotted and Striped Sheep


Our prayers are filled with the expression, "G'd of our Fathers". Would it not be more appropriate to say, "G'd who created heaven and earth?"

The creation involved 10 Divine utterances; Let there be light - let there space, etc. Looking at ourselves as an example; how difficult is it for the average Joe to say 10 things? Not very. For the Almighty, who is above space and time, 10 sayings really is not very spectacular. Calling G'd creator really does not say very much.

Avrohom, Yitschok and Yaakov dedicated themselves with total self-sacrifice to promulgate monotheism. They willingly surrendered their freedom of choice. Whatever was required by Hashem was fulfilled - no questions asked, even if martyrdom was entailed. In this week's Parsha, Vayetzei - Genesis 28:10 - 32:3, Hashem addresses himself to Jacob as the G'd of Abraham and G'd of Isaac ("G'd of" is repeated as each had a unique relationship with Hashem). Having Hashem's name ascribed to an individual is an accomplishment for that individual. Rabbi Akiva - father of the oral tradition - pined for the day he would be able to serve Hashem as Avrohom, Yitschok and Yaakov.

We are the children of the Patriarchs. Inherently, we process the same self-sacrifice as the Patriarchs (thank G'd, we do not need it). We also have the same love, awe and respect of the Almighty as the Patriarchs. We just need to cultivate them.


Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky - secretary for the Lubavitcher Rebbe and current chairman of Merkos (the education arm of Lubavitch) was once asked by the Rebbe to buy something for the Rebbe. Reb Yudl bought the item and gave the Rebbe the receipt. The Rebbe looked at the receipt and noticed that sale's tax had not been charged. Rabbi Krinsky explained that Merkos had a letter excusing them from paying taxes. The Rebbe objected; this was an item bought for personal use, not for the organization. The Rebbe asked his secretary if it was not too much trouble could he go back to the store, return the item and buy it again - this time, paying the sale's tax?


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