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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.

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This week's YouParsha Chukas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_2yUE_ZjSk In Miriam's Merit The Jews Had Water

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Parsha Chukas, Numbers 19 -22, begins with the laws of the red cow. Rambam writes that there were nine such cows and the 10th cow will come immediately prior to Moshiach's coming "May he speedily be revealed. Amen, may this be Your will." Rambam wrote a book of Jewish law and every detail is part of a law. Yet the last line of this law sounds more like a prayer?

This last line teaches three points of Jewish law: Not just to intellectualize on Moshiach's coming but be emotionally involved and yearn for his coming. Feeling the void of Moshiach's absence, a person must pray for his arrival and being that Moshiach's coming is indeed a mitzvah, we must yearn for it constantly.

Rambam did not include praying for Moshiach's arrival in his laws of Moshiach but in the laws of the red cow, implying that even when one is learning something that now can be construed as mere theory - he should yearn for Moshiach's coming. May he speedily be revealed Amen, may this be Your will.

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Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam - the Klausenberger Rebbe, was assigned to a work force of 3,000 Jews that the Germans took from the death camp Birkinau in 1944 to clean the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. The work was backbreaking, almost non-stop and they were guarded closely lest they try to rest. Escape was out of the question. Then, early one blisteringly hot summer morning, the Germans told all the workers to line up in rows of three and begin marching; they had to move fast.

The Russians were closing in on Warsaw and the Germans didn't want to leave behind any evidence for them. The heat was unbearable, the Jews could barely stand no less walk but it made no difference to the Germans. Making progress and marching in line were their only interests. They had enough ammo and cold cruelty to kill everyone.

Anyone that stepped out of line, even one-step, was immediately shot. It was especially awful when they passed a river or a brook. The thirst was so intense that the sight of water simply drove some people crazy and, unable to hold themselves back, instinctively made a move toward the water and were instantly riddled with bullets before everyone.

The Rebbe said to pass the word that if everyone stays in line he promises that in the evening he personally will provide water for each Jew. Near sunset, the Nazis told everyone to lie down in the road to sleep. It was impossible to march at night because it would be too easy for people to escape in the darkness, but there was no water. The people that the Rebbe told to spread the word came to him and demanded the miracle. "Where is the water? People are dying! You said that we would have water!" The Rebbe answered, "Each of you has a spoon, right? (the Germans gave each Jew a crude spoon to eat the 'soup' when apportioned). "Tell each person to take his spoon and dig in the ground where he is and they will find water." The road was totally dry surrounded by open fields and there was no trace of water as far as the eye could see. It was totally impossible that there would be water in this wasteland. But each person lay on their sides, took out their spoons and listlessly scraped the dirt where they were, and lo and behold, a miracle!! Each one found water! Everyone's spoons filled with water! They were saved!

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