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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 Bamidbar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFhsqBCIAFo The aftermath of the Giving of the Torah.


This week, we begin the book of Numbers with Parshas Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 - 4:20). The book has many censes, hence the name Numbers. Only things of importance are counted. A census does not take into account personalities, IQ's, or temperament. Each person, regardless of social/economic/etc. stature is counted only once. You might say that it is the essence of the individual that is being counted. This essence is the spark of G'dliness within the Jewish soul that never allows it to be separate from Hashem - even for one moment.

Countless Jews have been martyred rather giving up their Judaism. One would expect such a reaction of someone who is deeply involved with the ins and outs of Judaism. It would make sense that an uninvolved Jew would not give up his life or at least, pretend to be giving up their lives, rather than suffer martyrdom. The Jewish essence is always involved. It is never and can never be separated from its source - the essence of Hashem. Even one who identifies himself as Jew in name only would most likely sacrifice his life than give up their Judaism.

The essence of the Jew was initiated with the giving of the Torah on Sinai. It is for this reason that the Parshas Bamidbar must be read before Shavous which celebrates that event.


In Sivan of 5567/1807 the grandson of Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. was to be wed to Baila, the daughter of Reb Dov Ber, later known as the Mittler Rebbe, who was the son of the Alter Rebbe, Reb Schneur Zalman of Liadi. The town of Zhlobin was chosen for the wedding, as it was equidistant from the towns of Berditchev and Liadi. The Chupah would take place on Friday afternoon, as was the custom in those times (to save money on food costs), and the festive meal would follow on Friday night.

The families arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, the Alter Rebbe asked his son if he had gone to greet his future in-law. The Mittler Rebbe replied to the negative saying that Reb Levik was mad at him for saying Chasidic discourses publicly. The Alter Rebbe went by himself. At their encounter, The Alter Rebbe asked his Mechutan as to the reason for his feelings. To which, Reb Levi responded, "You know that the rule is that only those who heard Torah from our Rebbe are allowed to publicly say Chasidus." The Alter Rebbe replied, "But he knows." Reb Levik challenged him. The Alter Rebbe called for his son to say Chasidus for the two of them. The Mittler Rebbe stipulated that he would only come if his daughter's future grandfather would not utter a word. Reb Levi agreed.

The Mittler Rebbe came and began a discourse of a profound nature. After two hours, Reb Levi stood up and proclaimed, "ENOUGH! I see he knows." As they were leaving the room, Reb Levi deferred to the Mittler Rebbe to leave the room first. The Mittler Rebbe, out of respect, deferred to his father to go first. The Alter Rebbe, because Reb Levi was senior, deferred to his mechutan. They stood at the doorway for some time, No one going through. Out of respect to their Rebbes - the Chasidim broke open the doorway so that all three could leave together.


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