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This week's YouParsha Acharei - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhQ1r7q6vY4 Eating Blood


This week is the Parsha of Acharei, Leviticus 16 - 18. There are two main themes presented, the service of the Cohen Gadol, High Priest, on Yom Kippur and the various forbidden sexual prohibitions. Juxtaposition of ideas warrants discussion. The wonder is strengthened as this week's Parsha is read almost in its entirety on Yom Kippur. The story of the service is read in the morning, while the sexual prohibitions comprise the afternoon Torah reading.

The Day of Atonement is the focal point of the Jewish calendar. The High Priest was the representative of the Jewish people to act as mediator with Hashem. The Holy of Holies, which the High Priest entered on Yom Kippur, was the holiest place on Earth. The Kaballa refers to Yom Kippur as the absolute unification of the people, place and time.

Judaism views marital relations as one of the holiest acts. Besides the obvious reason of procreation, marital relations unify the Almighty with the husband and wife. Generally, we say that there are three in a marriage: husband, wife and Hashem. The Hebrew word for marriage is "kiddushin". The root of kiddushin is kadosh, holy. Man and woman are united in a holy union. The Hebrew word for man is ish, aleph, yud, shin. Woman is isha, aleph, shin, hey. Aleph, shin, the common letters means fire. The remaining letters, yud and hey, form one of the highest names of Hashem. When man and woman are joined in kiddushin their union becomes the fire of Hashem. This is the only way that this holiness can be achieved. More important than Yom Kippur and the forgiving of a Jew's sins for the entire year is the stability of the family.


Faivish Schapira was 12 years old when his mother passed away. His father, a prominent Chasidic Jew in Antwerp, dedicated the remaining 45 years of his life to raising their seven sons and five daughters.

When Faivish was 35, he visited New York for the first time. Mr. Schapira attended a farbrengen (Chasidic gathering) at "770" where the Rebbe spoke for many hours at the conclusion of Purim. "I wanted to meet the Rebbe personally at least for a moment. So after the farbrengen, I went upstairs and waited for the Rebbe in the hallway, close to the Rebbe's room, having been told that the Rebbe would pass there on his way out of the gathering." As the Rebbe approached the door of his room, Mr. Schapira held out his hand to greet him, as was the custom amongst Polish Chasidim. One of the Rebbe's attendants tried to push aside Mr. Schapira's hand, as this was not the Lubavitcher custom, but the Rebbe took hold of Mr. Schapira's hand and, in a most unusual gesture, led him into the Rebbe's private office.

Mr. Schapira stood in the Rebbe's office. The Rebbe took out a key, opened a cabinet, and removed a letter, which he gave to Faivish to read. It was a letter written by his mother, more than two decades earlier. In the letter, Mrs. Schapira asked the Rebbe to pray for her that she should be healthy for she had 12 young children to raise. She poetically described her children as not just 12 children but as 12 generations of descendants.

"I was too shocked to even ask the Rebbe how he had known who I was as I had not identified myself. The Rebbe told Mr. Schapira that he could not give him his mother's letter. For, the Rebbe explained, "Every year on the eve of Yom Kippur I take out the letter and read it before Kol Nidrei." Mr. Schapira later learned that before Kol Nidrei - the time that parents bless their children - the Rebbe had the custom to bless all of the yeshiva students who had gathered in the study hall.


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