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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 Tazria/Metzora https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaNlKvLNg1c The Metzora


This week, we read the double Parsha of Tazria-Metzorah Leviticus 12 - 15. The Parsha deals with the laws of those people excluded from entering the Temple due to ritual impurity. The verse states, "This will be the law (Torah) of the purification of the metzora (one who has tzoras - a spiritually induced skin malaise) on the day of his purification when he is brought before the cohen." The verb tense seems incorrect. It should have said, "This is the law."

Tzoras was a warning sign from Hashem that the person needed to improve. People who were guilty of gossip, greed, arrogance, stubbornness, pride, chutzpah, etc. were smitten with this affliction. The metzora was banished from the city and forbidden human contact. Food was left a short distance from him. No one spoke with him. He spoke to no one. This solitude allowed the metzorah to contemplate his situation, discover why he was there and correct it. His purification process was completed with sacrifices and immersion in a mikvah.

The ultimate day of purification is with the coming of Moshiach. The messianic era will be an essential expression of divine pleasure. Being brought to the cohen is achieving this highest of divine delights. This will be the Torah (law) - a divine expression of truth. May we merit it speedily.


A talented silversmith and skillful watchmaker traveled for many days from his town, Vladimir, to be with his Rebbe, the Maharash - fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe. His private audience was definitely the culmination of his visit. As he entered, the Rebbe asked him if he had established new study sessions with the locals. "No," he explained. He had just taken up residence in Vladimir and the Jewish population there was comprised of boors, through no fault of their own. They were descendants of the Cantonists - the Jewish children who had been brutally kidnapped from their parents to forcibly serve in the Czar's army, eventually forgetting the sacred laws and rituals of their youth. There were only two villagers capable of officiating as cantor; the chosid was the only one in the entire community learned enough to read from the Torah, and it was his sacred duty to prepare the weekly Torah portion. This, besides his daily private study schedule and business, argued the chosid, left him with no additional time to teach others.

"I do not understand you," said the Rebbe. "Why did you leave Polotsk - which is famed for its religious adherence - and exchange it for Vladimir, a wilderness barren of Torah study and observance of mitzvahs?" The chosid's business had deteriorated steadily and he barely eked out a meager existence in Polotsk. Besides, he had expressly asked for and received the Rebbe's consent and blessing to move to Vladimir. The blessing had materialized to the fullest with his business succeeding beyond his wildest dreams.

"You are mistaken," said the Rebbe Maharash. "What made you think that you were sent to Vladimir for business purposes? Whoever believes in G'd and Divine Providence can, and must, understand that the Almighty does not uproot a G'd-fearing family from a place of Torah to an irreligious environment for material reasons. This notion stems from your misconception of your purpose. In truth, your purpose is not to work with silver and watches but to spread Torah and Mitzvahs wherever possible. Your move to Vladimir was divinely orchestrated to enable you to teach and inspire the masses. Cannot the same Divine blessing rest in Polotsk as in Vladimir? My blessing for your material success was intended to accompany your own efforts in disseminating Judaism; without it, my blessing will come to nothing."


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