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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 Nitzavim/Vayelech - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju6ByYiKwlY&t=10s Hashem will return your captives


This week's Parsha is Nitzavim/Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31. The first verse states, "You are standing here, today." The Midrash comments that just as "today" has light and dark and the night precedes the day, so will the darkness of all of our trials and tribulations be illuminated. All the suffering that we undergo is the darkness. Moshiach's imminent arrival will reveal how those afflictions are indeed good. It says in this week's haftorah, "In all their troubles, HE was troubled." "He was" can also be read, "There is no".

The Rebbe comments on the end of the verse "including your wood choppers and your water carriers," the word for wood, eitzecha, can also mean your advisor. One must chop out the many pieces of bad advice from the advisor, the evil inclination. The worries of the world must all be pushed out of our minds with both hands. Water carriers indicates that we must carry away the mundane pleasures from our hearts. The element of water in the animal soul is the source of mundane pleasures.

At this time, our job is to focus on the upcoming New Year. Our priority is to accept Hashem as king of the creation and facilitate that others do the same. This can be done by encouraging everyone we know to be in shul for Rosh Hashanah and hear the sound of the shofar. Those who are not able to get to shul (infirm etc) should make arrangements to have the shofar sounded where they are. The hearing of the shofar is the sole obligation on Rosh Hashanah. It is the force that unites the Jewish people with the Almighty into one single entity.

The sound of the shofar, the ram's horn, is a signal to the Almighty that we are willing to accept Him as our king. At that time, Hashem accepts the position of being king. The ram that the patriarch Abraham offered in place of his son Isaac had two horns. One of those horns was blown at Sinai. That was the smaller of the two. The bigger one will be blown with the coming of Moshiach.

May we merit that this New Year be one filled with divine blessings of the ultimate good.


One Rosh Hashanah, the Tzemach Tzedek, third Lubavitcher Rebbe, extended his prayers longer than usual. After he finished, he exited the shul and sat on a bench in the adjacent courtyard. After several minutes he returned with a beaming countenance.

At the meal following the services, the Rebbe explained his behavior:

There was a decree of starvation levied against the Jewish people for that year. I felt very despondent at the prospect and utterly helpless as I tried to avert the disaster. While sitting in the courtyard, I overheard two women talking. One asked the other, "Do you think the prayers of the people will have any effect for the new year?" The other woman replied, "Of course. If a large group of people would bother the city elders for ten days, day after day, for support, wouldn't they acquiesce? For sure Hashem will listen to our prayers."

The Rebbe continued, "The simple faith of those two women left a powerful impression in Heaven. I am now sure that the Almighty will grant a year of abundant sustenance for his people."


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