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Back in 1996, Rabbi Finman was asked to speak to the niece of one of his students. After spending many hours answering her questions, the woman gave Rabbi Finman her e-mail address. Rabbi Finman wrote the woman a note and included in it a short insight into that week's Parsha and a short Chasidic story.

Realizing that this was something no one was yet doing,, Rabbi Finman sent the missive to his mailing list of about 30 people. Requests from recipients friends came pouring in. The next week Rabbi Finman sent the e-Parsha to 100 people. Within a year more than 2000 people were receiving it. Today, more than 14,000 receive the e-Parsha weekly and the requests keep coming in.

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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.

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This week's YouParsha Shmos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmBcCnohFAk How Moshe Became Leader

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The year was 1812. Napoleon's forces were plunging across Europe. World dominance was his objective. Chasidim approached their Rebbes; who should they support? The Czar was a tyrant, Napoleon promised liberty, equality and fraternity.

Many Rebbes favored the new enlightened approach of Napoleon, save for the Alter Rebbe - first Lubavitcher Rebbe. He maintained that with the Czar, "We will remain Jews."

Our sages maintain that in the merit of not changing their names, style of dress or language were the Jews redeemed from Egypt. It was important to them to keep their Jewish identity. They did not have mitzvahs as the Torah had not yet been given but they maintained their Jewishness.

Jewish is an essential expression. A Non-Jew who keeps 613 commandments is not Jewish; he is a non-Jew keeping commandments that were not commanded. A Jew who keeps no commandments is Jewish because their essence is Jewish. There is no such thing as a good Jew or bad Jew, just Jew.

It says in the Gemora that even a negligent Jew is filled with mitzvahs as a pomegranate if filled with seeds. The Rebbe once queried, "If he is filled with mitzvahs - why is he called negligent?"

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