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Ki Teitsei 5772
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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 and daughter-in-law, Paul and Leslie Magy - Birmingham, Michigan.
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Moshe addresses the people on the last day of his life in Parshas Vayelech - Deuteronomy 31. Moshe revealed that that day was his 120th birthday. The Talmud states that there is an indication that his purpose in coming into the world was comleted when a righteous person dies on his birthday. A greatere indication of completing his task would have been some spiritual accomplishment. Dying on one's birthday is just a physical occurrence.
Each of us comes into the world to make it a better place. The Almighty could have created a realm of spiritual entities and given them the opportunity to fulfill the purpose of creation. These spiritual beings would not be (are not) able to complete the purpose of creation - making the physical world a more G'dly place as they do not relate to the physical realm. It is only when a soul - the highest manifestation of G'dliness is planted into a physical body - the lowest life form can the world be perfected.
Moshe declaring that day to be his 120th birthday is an indication that G'd wants us to effect every nanosecond.
Acquiring an esrog was not as easy as it is now (you can get an esrog on-line for as little as $19 plus shipping). There were times when there would be one or even no esrog for an entire village. As soon as Rosh Hashana was over, Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel Shapira of Mogelnitz would send a messenger to comb the environs for a suitable esrog. One year, there were no esrogim to be had. The messenger went from town to town with no luck. Finally, on his way back to Mogelnitz, he heard two people talking in an inn of a wonderful esrog one of the locals managed to find.
The messenger went to the house of the wealthy merchant. He told the merchant of the saintliness of his rebbe and the importance of having a fine esrog. The messenger was prepared to pay whatever the merchant wanted. The merchant said the esrog was not for sale.
After much cajoling, the merchant finally came to terms. "I am married many years and have no children. If your rebbe is as holy as you say, my price is that my wife and I be blessed with a son this year. If by this time next year we have not had a child, then the sale is retroactively null and void and your entire village will not have fulfilled the mitzvah of esrog (The esrog must belong to the user. It is customary when borrowing an esrog for the lender to say, "I am giving this to you outright on condition you return it when finished.") The messenger thought a moment and then agreed. The messenger brought the esrog to Reb Chaim who was very pleased with its quality. His face paled when he heard the stipulations of the sale. He sat is deep contemplation for some time and finally said, "Alright, he will have a son by this time next year."
Reb Chaim received a package the following year on the day before Rosh Hashana. It contained a beautiful esrog with a note from the merchant thanking the Rebbe. His wife had given birth two weeks earlier. Each year, that merchant would send an esrog to Mogelnitz. One year, the messenger handed the esrog to the rebbe and said, "My father wanted me to deliver this esrog to the rebbe." Reb Chaim was ecstatic. He blessed the teenager and said, "Not only are you the bearer of an esrog, you are the son of an esrog!"
In Memory of Shira (Simone) bas Nachum Zalman Horowitz. Niftar Sivan 20, 5772 - a beloved aunt (of mine), wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In memory of Ken Lawrence - Akiva ben Dovid. Niftar Adar 8, 5772. A friend and mentor.
In memory of my Mom - Doba bas Dovber Halevi Winters. Beloved Mother, Mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. Niftara Teves 28, 5772
In memory of Pinchas (Pinky) ben Zev Salomon. Nifter Kislev 4, 5772. Beloved Husband, father and grandfather. Sponsored by Eddie and Susie Kresch and family and Salomon Chiropractic Center, 24777 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, (248) 557-1818.
May their families be comforted with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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