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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 Vaera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnO7u9mkCS0. Moshe's Stick turned into a Snake.


This week is Parshas Vaera - Exodus 6:2 - 9:35. The Alter Rebbe explains in Torah Or that the word vaera - meaning appeared, has two interpretations: past tense, as in G'd appeared to Abraham and present perfect tense, meaning that Hashem continues to appear. The ultimate appearance will be when Moshiach comes and this ultimate revelation can occur at anytime.

The two explanations are interconnected. We are the progeny of Avrohom, Yitschok and Yaakov. Because Hashem appeared to them, he will ultimately appear to us. In order for us to merit this revelation it is required of us that we continue the modus operandi of the patriarchs.

The patriarchs are called markava - vehicle for G'dliness. They willingly sacrificed their freedom of choice for the promulgation of monotheism. They did whatever was required of them. In a way, it was easier for them as the Almighty did appear to them. We who are in golus - exile, are deprived of the revelation but we know that the Almighty's presence is here as nothing can displace Hashem. Every time we express the will of Hashem: learning Torah, doing mitzvahs, doing good deeds, davening, etc., we make the world that much less of a contradiction to the Divine revelation.

Our sages tell us that Moshiach's coming must be by the Jewish year 6000 - 223 years from now. It is comforting to know that Moshiach will come when the world is ready - regardless of the calendar. The Egyptian exile was to last 400 years as a purification preparation for the giving of the Torah. Yet, we see that the exile only lasted 210 years, as the purification process was complete. When whatever needs to be accomplished is finished, we will be redeemed immediately.


When the Previous Lubavitch Rebbe was a young boy, he learned several sections of the Mishna by heart. Proud of his accomplishment, the boy cocked his yarmulke to the side. His father, the Rebbe Reshab, chided the boy, "How many sections of Mishna will you learn before the yarmulke comes off all together?"


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