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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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Parsha Nitzavim - Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20 - is always read the Shabbos before Rosh Hashana. One of the indications is the verse, "Return to G-d and listen to His voice." There is a discussion among halachic authorities if there is a mitzvah to do Teshuva - return to G-d. One opinion maintains that the verse is written in the imperative tense and there is a positive mitzvah to do teshuvah. The other opinion maintains that there are 248 positive commandments and 365 negative ones corresponding to the 613 parts of the body. A person keeps their body healthy through strict guidelines. A cure is recommended if something goes wrong in any of the body parts. Teshuvah is the spiritual cure for those who have messed up.
Chasidus maintains that teshuva cannot be commanded as teshuvah is rooted in the very essence of the soul - far beyond an external command. This essential soul expression connects with the very essence of Hashem. This explains how teshuvah works. A person who violates a command causes a defect in their connection to Hashem. Teshuva, rooted in essence and far surpassing the external relationship between commander and commanded, is able to fill in and correct all the defects.
When the Jew opens themselves to this connection then we can realize the next verse, "Hashem will return your captives," from all over the world with Moshiach, now.
Shmuel Gurary, a chosid of the Rebbe Rashab, was once travelling by train with a group of Chassidim who were followers of other Rebbes. Each Chosid lauded the praises and told of the wondrous miracles their Rebbes had wrought.
They finally turned to Shmuel and asked him to tell of a wonder the Reshab had done. He explained that he was once offered an opportunity that promised to make him fabulously wealthy. He asked the Rebbe's advice and was instructed to invest heavily. "Yes, yes?!" quizzed the listeners. "I lost my pants," came the answer. "If so," queried his companions, "Where is the wonder." "The wonder," answered Reb Schmuel, "Is that I am still a disciple of the Reshab."
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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