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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 Pinchas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaT4odTWthU The Additional Sacrifices and Pinchas.


Parshas Pinchas, Numbers 25 -29, begins with Aharon the high priest's grandson - Pinchas, becoming a cohen - priest. Being that the cohenhood is conveyed patralinerally, Pinchas was the only person to have to earn the position. Pinchas acted on behalf of the Almighty. Had Pinchas not killed Zimri ben Salu - Prince of the tribe of Shimon, Hashem would have. The consequences would have been much worse as Hashem does things on a much grander scale.

We cannot achieve the status of cohen. We can, however, follow Pinchas's lead and be zealous for Hashem. The world needs to become a better place. Hashem could have created it already finished, but our participation in making the world better establishes a greater benefit for us. The Talmud writes that better to have nine measures of self-accomplishment than one measure of someone else doing it for you better.


The Baal Shemtov, who passed away 250 years ago, was once travelling with an entourage. They stopped at a study hall for afternoon prayers. The Rabbi walked in and immediately left. His students quizzed him as to his unusual behavior. The Baal Shemtov responded that this study hall was full of Torah and davening. "So," came the response of the students, "what is a study supposed to be filled with if not Torah and davening?"

The rabbi then explained that when a person serves G'd with no ulterior motive and feels a sense of self-sacrifice, with love and fear of Hashem, this then causes the Torah and davening to be elevated to the loftiest of spiritual levels. When, however, one serves G'd with an ulterior motive - to be considered a great person for example, then their accomplishments remain below.

"That study hall," explained the Baal Shemtov, was full of Torah and davening as the people in there all acted out of self-love.


In honor of the yahrtzeit of Shimon ben Meir Youngworth - Tamuz 17. Sponsored by his son Yisroel Youngworth.


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