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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/Ll-60PBP30o Why the three angels?


This week we read Parshas Vayera - Genesis 18-22. The Matriarch Sarah laughed incredulously when she overheard that she was to have a son. She quizzed, "Am I to have my pleasure when my husband is so old?" Later in this Parsha, Sarah instructed Avrohom to expel Ishmael. Avrohom did not want to listen, but Hashem told him (and my wife, may she be happy and healthy for many long years, quotes this verse often), "Listen to your wife." Chasidus explains that Sarah was on a higher spiritual level than Avrohom. If so, why did she have problems believing she was going to have a son?

One of the many reasons the soul comes into the body is to rectify the physical world and make it spiritual. We begin with our own bodies (hence the circumcision). Chanoch and Eliyahu refined their bodies to the degree that they took their bodies with them when they passed away. The verse states that Avrohom and Sarah were old. Sarah ceased to have the way of women. The mishna in Avos states that at age 100 a person is "overbatul" and as though they had passed away from the world. That mishna quotes the great advantage of each age. Usually "overbatul" means senile, but there is no advantage in being senile. Here the word overbatul can be understood to be above the desires of the world.

Sarah maintained that she and her husband had purified and refined their physical space so that worldly pleasures were of no consequence. They were beyond having children. The Almighty corrected Sarah. The ultimate rectification is to raise Jewish children to raise Jewish Children.


I heard this story from Rabbi Yitschok Wagner - Rabbi of Krefeld Germany.

One of the many tasks of Rabbi Wagner is kosher supervision. About two years ago, he travelled to Frankfort to supervise a factory. The owner greeted him and they discussed plant operations. At one point, the plant owner said, "I am Jewish but I married a non-Jewish woman. I even adopted her name so as not to appear Jewish. Everywhere I go, G'd is chasing me. I went to Saudi Arabia on business. We were about to sign the deal and the other party said to me, 'You're Jewish, I'm not doing business with you.' The same thing happened in Jordan. When I was in Israel on business, I walked into a falafel shop to grab lunch. A guy puts a hat on my head and says he needs a tenth man for mincha. Rabbi, why is G'd chasing me?"

Rabbi Wagner replied, "Why are you running away? Have you ever been to the great synagogue in Frankfort." They went to the synagogue. The man put on Tefillin. The rabbi gave the factory owner the number of the local Chabad and left.

Eight months later, Rabbi Wagner went back to the factory. The owner told him that he was now attending services daily and attended classes with "Shloimy" the local Chabad Rabbi. The factory owner and his wife travelled to New York that year to participate in the annual kinus hashluchim - convention of Chabad rabbis. The husband and wife prayed at the Rebbe's grave and attended New York City's largest annual banquet with 4500 other guests. Back at the hotel, his wife said to him, "It's not right that we live separate lives. I want to join you and become Jewish."

His company is opening a factory in suburban D.C. The couple moved there. The wife was instructed in Germany to convert in the US. They wanted to find a house in a Jewish neighborhood but were having difficulties. It happened that the wife received a phone call from her mother in Germany. Sensing something was amiss with her daughter, the mother asked what was wrong. The daughter replied that they were having trouble finding a house in a Jewish neighborhood. "Why would you want that?" inquired the mother. "Because I want to become Jewish," was the reply. With that, the mother yelled, "This is your inheritance!" and hung up.

The woman was baffled. What did that mean? She called her mother back for an explanation. The mother answered, "My mother's mother was Jewish - that's where you get this idea that you want to become Jewish."

And with that, they lived happily ever after, Iy"H. ==========================================

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