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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 http://youtu.be/tmSotglY-ew The First Fruits and Leaving Egypt


The beginning of Parshas Ki Savo, Deuteronomy 25:20 - 29:8 discusses the mitzvah of Bikurim - bringing the first fruits to the Temple. The Torah implores that this mitzvah may only be done when the land of Israel has been completely conquered and settled. Other agricultural commandments require no prerequisite. The presents offered to the Cohen: first sheerings, wine, dough etc. were presented by those individuals who had settled on their land while others had yet to settle.

Bikurim was presented with full pomp and circumstance. A full parade and carnival atmosphere accompanied their offering. It was a time of great celebration commemorating Hashem's goodness in bringing us to the land flowing with milk and honey. This joy would have been dampened even if one Jew had yet to completely settle his property.

The Jewish people are one body. Each Jew is responsible for the actions and even the feelings of every other Jew. It is not enough to strive for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; we have to pursue them for others, as well.


Friday August 31, is Chai Elul - birthdays of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chasidic movement and the Alter Rebbe, founder of Chabad Chasidus. The Rosh Hashana prior to the Alter Rebbe's birth was unusual in Mezhibuzh - home of the Baal Shem Tov. Normally, Rosh Hashana was a solemn time in shul. That year, however, the Baal Shem Tov was especially joyous. He later explained his joy as he had been informed that a new soul was to come down to the world that year. One that would make great inroads in Chasidus.

Reb Boruch and his wife Rifka were secret followers of the Baal Shem Tov. They did not have children for quite a while after their marriage. That Rosh Hashana, Reb Boruch was in Mezhibuzh and he received a blessing from the Rebbe for Children.

One evening, a few weeks after the holiday season, the Baal Shem Tov requested the shamash of the shul to accompany him to the river. The Baal Shem Tov wanted to go to the Mikveh. The candle blew out while they were standing by the river. The Baal Shem Tov instructed the shamash to hold the candle to the surface of the water to relight it saying, "The one who says fire can light, can say that water can light." The shamash relit the candle and the Baal Shem Tov immersed in the river.

When he emerged from the river the Baal Shem Tov proclaim, "Tonight, the new soul will come into this world." That night, the Alter Rebbe was conceived.


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