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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 Bo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd2pp9QyJpI Making sense of the plague of Darkness


Parsha Bo - Exodus 10:1 - 13:16 - describes the unique relationship between Hashem and Moshe. The Torah relates that, "The man Moses was very great and feared in the eyes of the Egyptians." At this point, eight of the ten plagues had already transpired and the Egyptians had had enough. The only reason the Jews had not yet been liberated is because the Almighty gave Pharaoh the strength to endure more. Moshe was not a feared person because he predicted the ten plagues, he was feared because he was Moshe.

Pharaoh was the leader of the world’s greatest superpower. Moshe had been in exile for nearly 60 years after he killed the Egyptian. During that time, he had been appointed king of Ethiopia and later married the daughter of one of the most powerful people is Mesopotamia, Yisro. He was recognized as a rare and unique individual, one that possessed higher spiritual capabilities. Moshe’s specialness was recognized at birth. It states in the beginning of the book of Exodus that everyone saw that he (Moshe) was very good. It is for this reason that Moshe was allowed an audience with Pharaoh. Imagine the scenario otherwise: Two slaves approach the king of the world's greatest superpower with a request that all 20 million slaves be emancipated and allowed to leave the county. Were it not for the fact that Moshe was who he was, he would have never gained access to Pharaoh.

Moshe’s greatness is summed up in the first verse of this week’s Parsha. Hashem tells Moshe, Bo to Pharaoh. Bo is usually translated here as "go". Bo, however, means come. Hashem was saying, "Come to Pharaoh, I will be there with you. I will be doing whatever needs to be done. You will be my physical representative."

As for us, Hashem is doing all the work. We just have to stand to the side and "Come with him."


The following is an account of the famous Hebrew poet Zvi Yair:

A family crisis had arisen in the home of my relatives. Their daughter had met and fallen in love with a nonobservant fellow and the two wanted to be married. The arguments, frustration and alienation felt by all involved was indescribable. They finally decided to ask the Lubavitcher Rebbe to act as arbiter.

I accompanied my niece to the private audience. The time was 3:00 AM by the time it was our turn to enter the Rebbe’s room. The Rebbe and the woman searched for a common language. She was from South America and the Rebbe did not speak Spanish. After trying English, Yiddish, Hebrew and French, they settled into German. The woman explained the situation and concluded that she could not understand what was all the fuss. Her fiancée had agreed to become observant.

The Rebbe commented, "Of what benefit is his sincerity? He has no idea what he would be getting into. You know that a signed blank check has no validity. Even if the bearer writes in only one cent, the check is useless. Even if he is willing to learn, it is not enough. Let him live with an observant family and see what is entailed with adopting a new life style. If after several months he is still interested, I give my full blessing for the wedding."

The woman left the room in an upbeat mood. The Rebbe and I began conversing and the Rebbe instructed me to call her back. He did not want her to think that we were plotting against her.

The poet concluded: The Rebbe had been seeing people for many hours. Yet the Rebbe was sufficiently attuned to her feelings of alienation and conspiracy such that he refused to continue our conversation without her; even though the issue had been resolved to her satisfaction.


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