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Thursday, November 16, 2017


Energy “Healing”? (part 2 of 2)

   by Reb Gutman Locks

  Energy "Healing"?    (part 2 of 2)    


     A couple of years ago someone called me from New York asking if I would help a friend who is having a problem with kishuf (magical, sorcery power, or energy). I told him to have his friend call me. Early this morning the friend called.

     "I am having a problem with kishuf."

     "Did you go out looking to deal with kishuf?"

     "No, never, and I feel it on me."

     "Do you have any books about kishuf in your possession?


     "Do you want to have any of this power?"

     "No. I got it from somebody and it was very strong, and I went to a mekubal (Jewish mystic) and he told me stories about a woman who had such a problem for thirty years and that I should pray certain prayers to get rid of it and it has gotten better, but it won't go away, and I want to get rid of it."

     "When did it start?

     "I was working on someone who had it and I got it from him."

     "What do you mean you were working on someone?"

     "I was helping to heal him."

     "How were you helping to heal him?"

     "With energy."

     "That's it! There is the source of the problem. I've seen it time and time again. In the beginning you work to develop the feeling of that energy, and then in the end you can't get rid of it."

     "No, it's not the energy that I used. It is not from that. I got it from this guy I was working with who has kishuf."

     "It's not kishuf. It's your own imagination that is feeding the feeling until it has become so palpable that it feels real to you, and as if it is coming from somewhere else. If you really want to get rid of it, you have to ignore it completely. If it becomes too strong, imagine the feeling to spread wider and wider in all directions so it will get thinner and thinner until it dissipates. You cannot do so-called energy healings and expect the feeling to go away."

     "It is kishuf! I got it from this other guy who has it."

     "It's not kishuf. It's your own natural feelings that you have focused on so strongly that you feel like it is some "other" power. If you want to get rid of it you have to refuse it, but you must not fight with it or it will get stronger. Whenever you are bothered by it put a coin in a charity box, or put on your tefillin. Do a mitzvah."

     Will he listen? He better or he is going to drive himself totally insane until he ends up in a mental hospital.

     "Energy healing" is poison. The energy they play with is their own natural feelings that they focus on so strongly that the feeling becomes stronger and stronger, even palpable….

     After many so-called energy healers finish "healing" someone they vigorously brush their hands over their arms two or three times brushing the "energy" away and off themselves!

     In the beginning they have the power… in the end the power has them.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Energy “Healing”? (part 1 of 2)

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
      Energy "Healing"?

(part 1 of 2)


      There are two new books written by rabbis regarding "Alternative medicine:" One called Alternative Medicine in Halacha (Jewish law) was written by a rabbi who enthusiastically recommends alternative medicine.

     The other is called "Shulchan Halevi on Alternative Medicine" was written by the son and students of a Rosh HaYeshiva who spent much time studying the teachings and reasonings of those who recommend alternative medicine.

      One of the many subjects they deal with is "energy healing". The first book says that it is perfectly permissible, while the second book condemns it completely. Who is right?


(A recent letter)

 Dear R. Gutman:

     Sometime ago I took a course in Jewish Energy Healing. In short it involved meditating on G-d's Name.

     I was sceptic because:

It took me 10 years to be a medical doctor and 10 hours to be a certified Healer. 

I was afraid of the practice because of dealing with G-d's Name.

    I asked my Rabanim but no one knew what I was talking about.

    After my non-kosher experience I made Teshuva, I was thinking there should be a kosher way to develop energy to heal, or to connect with the spiritual in a more tangible way.

    What do you think dear Rabi?


Gutman's response;

     That "energy" is VERY dangerous, and you should ignore it and never play with it. One can build it up to be so strong that others will be able to feel it…in the beginning you think that you have that energy and in the end, you will find that the energy has you! It can take two years to get it and five years of much harder work to get rid of it. Ignore and do not play with it.


     Some years ago, an Israeli man came to the tefillin stand at the Kotel and told us this story.

     His wife had very poor eyesight. She was forced to wear thick eyeglasses which she hated. She heard of an "energy healer" in Tel Aviv who claimed to be able to heal such things. She went to him, paid his fee, and he laid his hands close to her eyes. Miraculously her eyesight got much better right then and there! But she still needed those ugly glasses.

     She asked him if he could do more. He said that he himself could not do any more but if she allowed he could call on "other spirits" who could heal her eyes completely. Of course she agreed.

     He called on those "spirits" and to her entire amazement she was instantly "healed." She did not need those ugly eyeglasses anymore! A most happy Jewish woman.

     That night she was lying in bed with her husband and she started to twitch, to jerk her body around. Her husband asked her what was the problem. She started jumping around even more.

     She yelled, "Tell them to get off me!"

     She cannot control it. Her husband took her to a number of different medical professionals and none of them were able to help her. He was ready to take her to a psychiatrist!


     With this type of "energy" or "power," in the beginning you think that you have the power, but in the end, you see that the power has you.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

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More … Spiritual Benefit

   by Reb Gutman Locks

More … Spiritual Benefit


     The reward a Torah scholar receives, and the reward a struggling student receives are the same, as long as they both direct their hearts to Heaven.

     "We learned that both the one who does much and the one who does little are equally rewarded provided that each directs his heart toward Heaven"[i]

     When someone offered up an expensive cow in the Temple, it was a sweet aroma to Hashem. If they offered up a little sheep, it was a sweet aroma to Hashem. Even if they offered up flour it was a sweet aroma to Hashem. But all this was on the condition that the one making the offering directed his or her heart to Heaven.[ii]

     These sources teach; one who does more and one who does less receive equivalent rewards so long as they focus their hearts to Heaven.

    How do we focus our heart to Heaven?

    For instance, you can:

Talk to G-d as your Father…

Talk to G-d as your King…

Thank Him for all the good He has given you…

Praise Him for all His wonderous deeds…

Learn about G-d (Omnipresent, Omnipotent, One, All, Eternal, etc.) …

     This means that we should have Hashem be either the subject of our thoughts or the One we are speaking to, especially when we are doing a mitzvah.


[i] Gemora Berachos 17a

[ii] Mishnah Menachot 13


Thursday, November 09, 2017

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Spiritual Benefit

    by Reb Gutman Locks

David asked:

     What book other than, maybe, the Tanya would you advise to read in order to get the most spiritual benefit of our Torah?


Gutman's reply:

     Learning any Torah book or doing any mitzvah will bring spiritual benefits. But these benefits can either be realized in this world giving us a spiritual life, aware of Hashem's Presence, or the spiritual benefits might not be recognized until we enter the World to Come.

     Even if we serve Hashem with only physical awareness, still, this will give us a good Jewish physical life; a peaceful home, kosher food, Torah observant children, Jewish grandchildren, and on and on. But for the spiritual benefits to be realized in this world the Jew must serve not only with physical awareness, but with intense spiritual seeking, too.

     Every letter in the Torah, and all of the physical aspects of the mitzvahs are actually physical formations of their spiritual essence. Hashem wrapped His blessings in these physical garments for us to be able to attain these blessings. "You shall be holy …. because I am holy."[i] Hashem wants us to seek His holiness so we will learn His ways and He has given us His Torah and mitzvahs to accomplish this.

     However, spiritual awareness does not necessarily come from just physical study and performance. It must be sought. We must seek the spiritual within the physical.

     An easy way to begin is to pay attention to the meaning of the blessing we say when performing a mitzvah; "asher kidshanu bemitzvohtav" (Who has made us holy with His commandments). When we do a mitzvah, we become holy. Think about this as you perform the mitzvah and it will begin to bring you the spiritual awareness and joy that is required to serve Hashem properly.

[i] Leviticus 11:44


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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Praying Out Loud

   by Reb Gutman Locks


     The boy said that his father wanted to have a picture of us together. He spoke Hebrew. His father spoke only Russian.

     I asked the father if his mother was Jewish.

     He answered that his father was Jewish. Shmuli asked, "But, is your mother Jewish?" He answered that both his parents are Jewish.

     It was good that Shmuli was standing right there because from his answer I would have assumed that he was not Jewish, and I would not have put tefillin on him.

     I put tefillin on him and we took the picture he wanted, then I put his hands in front of him, palms facing up, and told him to pray for his loved ones… that Hashem was listening to his prayers especially because he was at the Kotel and especially because he did what Hashem wanted him to do.

     He told his son to record it and then he closed his eyes and started praying out loud, not softly but with a full voice. He kept going on and on praying out loud, talking to G-d, asking Him to bless so and so, and so and so, and so and so, and on and on for some five minutes.

     Now he has a five-minute video of him standing at the Kotel loudly recalling all the people and things that he asked Hashem to bless.

     First time he ever put on tefillin and he ended up with a great movie of the occasion. His loved ones are going to love him even more when they hear him calling out their names at the Kotel.



Sunday, November 05, 2017

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The Baal Teshuva

    by Reb Gutman Locks   


     A Baal Teshuva is a Jew who was not always religious but at some point in life changed and became a Torah Observant Jew. A FFB (Frum from Birth) is a Jew who was born into a religious family and has always lived a Torah life.

     There are many differences between these two types of Jews. One of the most telling is whenever I ask a Baal Teshuva, "Are you behaving yourself?" he seems a little insulted that I should ask. He looks at me and answers, "Of course I am!" And whenever I ask a FFB the same question he always smiles, looks up a little and answers, "Oh, if only I could." 


Thursday, November 02, 2017


Too Fast!

    by Reb Gutman Locks   
      Too Fast!


     These first parshas (weekly Torah portions) in the Torah go too fast. In fact, the entire book of Genesis flies by. It seems that we could spend the entire year on it alone.

    The awe of our fathers and mothers! What they did as individuals that changed the world forever. We are supposed to emulate them, but our lives are so small and seemingly insignificant when compared to theirs. What are we to do?

     The fact is, as difficult as it may seem, their lives are our lives. Their deeds are our deeds, albeit we operate on a tiny level when compared to them.

     The Five Books of the Torah come to explain to us what we are doing in our daily lives. The deeds of these giants are signs of what we go through.[i] This means that we are to learn lessons from the deeds of our ancestors that affect our individual lives today. The Torah is not merely the history book of the Jewish People. It is a guide to our personal lives.


[i] Sotah 34a, Tanchuma 9, Gen 34:1 Rashi


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Momma Rochel

by Rebbitzen Miriam at Mystical Paths

Monday night/Tuesday is the yartzheit of Rachel Iymanu. Her burial place in Beit Lechem is crowded as thousands from across Israel come to beseech Mamma Rachel to daven (pray) on their behalf for children, shidduchim (finding one's mate),livelihood, help in raising children, martial peace etc.

Mama Rachel is known as one of the 4 Matriarchs of Judaism. The others being Sarah, Rivka/Rebecca, and Leah. In this past week's edition of Ami Living,  Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi  expounds on deeper  understanding of Mama Rachel. 
Mama Rachel is compared to the aravot, willow branches used on Sukkot. Just like the aravot are the first to wither/decay Mama Rachel died before her sister Leah at age 36. According to our Sages everything in Mama Rachel life took time. She had to wait 14 years until she married Yaakov/Jacob and to bear children. 
On Hoshannah Rabba, the seventh day of Sukkot, we use the willow in saying all of Hoshannah and beat the willows on the ground.The aravot bring us rain for which we pray for. It is through her and her decay that she is used to bring us the blessing of rain.
Rachel is called Imma/mother because of of her struggles. She understands the pain of waiting to find one's mate and of being barren. The struggles a mother endures was characteristic of Rachel's life. At her burial place she hears our cries and embraces us saying, "I know and feel your pain. It is mine too."
Just as any mother attempts to sooth a child's tears and heart so too does Mamma Rachel. What mother does not bend over backwards to provide for her child(ren) in any way possible?  For this reason the yartzheit of Mamma Rachel is the Jewish Mother's Day. It focuses on the struggles every mother endures to provide for the children.
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How Far!

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    How Far!


     In the end days, "If your dispersed will be at the ends of heaven, from there Hashem your G-d will gather you in…".[i]

     I cannot imagine anyone being further away than this and having come so far.

     He came up to me at my tefillin cart and asked to take a picture of us. He knew me from my videos. He had an unusual accent, so I asked he where he was from.

       He said, "Beit Shemesh"

     "That's not where that accent is from."

     "No. It's from Germany."

     "What in the world are you doing there?"

     "That's where my grandparents are from."

     "They were in the holocaust?"

     "They were in the war."

      I looked at him confused why he answered like that.

      He explained that his grandparents were not Jews and that they fought in the war as Germans.

     He said that he first tried to convert with the Reform but after one year they said that he was too religious for them and that he should go to the Orthodox rabbis to convert. Before his conversion he was a Mormon! He said that his birth family refuses to talk with him now and that is fine with him. He is happily married with five Jewish children and works as a kosher certificate supervisor. He oversees the companies that want a kosher certificate, and even for the slaughter of chickens. This means that he is a highly trusted Jew.

     From a German Mormon gentile to a righteous Charedi Jew living in the Holy Land with five Jewish children!

     When a gentile begins to feel the need to join the Jewish People it may be just idle thinking, or it may be because a latent Jewish soul is urging that gentile to covert so it can be reunited with the Jewish People. For some reason this man who started out as a German Mormon gentile felt the need to study and work so very hard to become a respected Jew.  

    Before the end days, Hashem will gather us no matter how far we have gone, and that is just what He is doing now.

[i] Deuteronomy 30:4 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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How Many Walls?

    by Reb Gutman Locks  
       How Many Walls?


     He came up to me with his young son at the tefillin stand and said that he had Shabbos dinner with me twenty years ago. He said that he remembered the meal.    

     I asked, "What do you remember about the meal."

     He answered, "How many walls are there in this room?"

     I laughed.

     One of the Torah's teachings that I often discuss with my guests is how all is one. One of my books is called, "There is One," and my website has that name, too.

     When people ask how can all be one when there are so many, many things here I ask them to count the number of walls in the room. Most of them say four, some, counting the small inlets as walls, say six.

     Then I explain, "There is one wall in the room and it goes from here and all the way around, turning there, and then there, and then returning to here. There is only one wall. And like this are all the distinctions in creation really only One. Hashem is One and there is no other."[i]

[i] Deuteronomy 4:35, 4:29


Thursday, October 26, 2017

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How Many Times a Day?

   by Reb Gutman Locks


     How many times a day should we daven (pray)? Religious Jews will tell you that we should daven three times a day, mornings, afternoons and evenings. Here they are referring to the arranged prayers that Jews have been saying throughout our history.

     But prayer is not limited to the formal prayers we say with a minyan (quorum). Prayer is simply talking to G-d…. Then how many times a day should we talk to G-d? Whenever we are not talking to another person.

     Most people go through their day talking to themselves in their head, but you are not the only one in your head. Hashem is in there, too. So, who would you rather talk to, yourself or Hashem?

     "Come on Hashem, we're late we better get going. Which bus should I take? Oy, don't let me buy the wrong coat. What should I bring home for dinner? Okay, at last, time to go to sleep. Thanks for all the good you did for me today."


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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2:30 AM

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
      2:30 AM


       They came to the Kotel early in the morning, sat in a circle and sang Chassidic songs. One tune after the other, each praising the wonders of Hashem and how to serve Him. Then, singing even louder, they danced and danced. They made a holy time and place feel even better. 


Sunday, October 22, 2017


What's Wrong with christianity?

by YOUR-NAME at Mystical Paths
- by Reb Gutman Locks        Missionaries
go out on the streets knocking on doors, looking everywhere, trying to convert anyone
they meet to their idolatry. They particularly love to convince Jews of their
foolishness and recently have been an increasing problem in Israel. What is
wrong with their beliefs? What is so bad about their religion? Well, for one


Friday, October 20, 2017


Redemption is Happening

    by Reb Gutman Locks   


     When he walked up to the tefillin stand I did not ask him if his mother was Jewish. I assumed from his appearance that she wasn't. He was huge and was literally covered with colorful tattoos! Both his arms were completely covered, he had gigantic colored tattoos on the back and sides of his neck…. Wherever I looked he was tattooed!

     I asked him what he was doing in Israel. He said that he was a krav maga teacher. Krav maga is an effective Israeli self-defense system and many non-Jews come to Israel to learn it.

     He was with an Israeli who told me that the guy was Jewish. I asked him if he was Jewish. He said of course he was.

     "Is your mother Jewish?"

     "Both my mother and my father are Jewish."

      I put tefillin on him and was surprised that he knew the blessing. I had him say the appropriate prayers and then go stand by the Kotel and talk to G-d in his heart.

     While he was away the Israeli, who turned out to be his cousin, told us his story. His parents are Israelis who left Israel and moved to Germany! That alone is shocking. They left, or never had any Jewish beliefs and became x-ians! He was raised in Germany in a x-ian home.

    Then later, after doing all his nutty things, he rejected the x-ian beliefs and began learning Torah.

     After we took off the tefillin I gave him a couple of ideas that show how foolish x-ianity is to give him some more support in his leaving that idolatry. He seemed to have already known them.

     It is hard to picture a Jew beginning further away than he was and still he has come to a Torah life. How close we must be to the end!

     Hashem is calling to all the Jews all over the world; "If you your dispersed will be at the ends of heaven, from there Hashem your G-d will gather you in…".[i] Redemption is happening. If you want a better seat you better come now." 

[i] Deuteronomy 30:4


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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You Never Know

    by Reb Gutman Locks
       You Never Know


       Our deeds are like seeds that we plant and you never know how far they might grow.

     The man in the picture was visiting from America. He came up to me during the holiday and said, "You changed my nephew's life. Eight months ago, you put tefillin on him and sent him to the Kotel to say some special prayers. I don't know what you told him to do, but he is a different person now. He believes and acts differently. Not only that, but he is a teacher in a Reform Temple and now he is teaching those children to do the same thing."

     This is what I tell them: "The mitzvah opens the gate to Heaven. Talk to G-d in your heart. Picture everyone you love one at a time with light on their faces and smiling and ask G-d to bless them. Thank Him for all the good He has given you. Ask Him to guide you in life. Take a couple of minutes and talk to G-d…"

     What a blessing it is to be able to reach those young Jewish children who are, at best, learning the history of the Jewish people in their Reform school and showing them that they can talk to G-d in their hearts.

Talking to G-d 

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