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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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“My House of Prayer”


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

     There is a mistaken belief that when the Final Redemption comes (may it be today) that all the Peoples of the world will come to the Third and Final Temple and pray according to their own beliefs. Afterall it does say, "My house of prayer will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.[i]

    "My house" means that it will be Hashem's House, and all who come into His House will follow His way.

     Yes, after the Final Redemption all the peoples of the world will come and pray in the Temple, but they will do so as righteous gentiles, Bnei Noah, followers of the Seven Commandments of Noah, and they will no longer hold onto their idols.

     And the world will know peace. Amen

 



[i] Isaiah 56:7

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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An Idolater Complains


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

   

      A Hindu was very unhappy with my video Jewish Meditation Explained. (link)

     He wrote: "The whole point [of the video] was focused more on making fun of Hindus (referred to as idolaters) instead of meditation. You've just generalized all the eastern practices as idolaters, but in fact they're not. Anyhow idol is just a manifestation or representation of the god. Idol is just a medium, to convey your worship through, to focus upon…"

     Gutman's response: Your statement, "idol is just a medium" is the perfect definition of idolatry. G-d is One and Infinite and without form. Shalom

     His response: Absolutely sire, god is one, he appears on time to time, to lead the path of truth. I believe we can't simply understand him with our limited perspective. Shalom Namaste

     Gutman's conclusion:  The Hindu has shown no signs of change! Not at all. Even when they say all their gods are one, they still worship idols, forms, mediums thinking they are "reaching" their god that way.

 

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

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How to have a Peaceful Marriage



by Reb Gutman Locks  at Mystical Paths


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     Peace at home is one of the most basic
needs we have. Is there any simple thing we can do to have a successful
marriage?
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Why?


   by Reb Gutman Locks  
    Why?

 

     Everything happens for a reason, but sometimes you just can't seem to figure it out. Maybe you have an idea.

    They were learning at the Kotel early this morning before praying and a pigeon landed on the older guy's shoulder. His learning partner hit the bird with his finger trying to send it away, but the bird wouldn't leave! It stayed there for half an hour until they finished learning and then it flew off. Maybe he wanted to hear what they were learning?

 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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A Life Changer


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    A Life Changer

 

     He is a sculptor and was visiting Israel from Albania. He got into a conversation with us at the tefillin stand and it turns out that his mother, who was from Istanbul, was a Jew. A life changer.

     I put tefillin on him and showed him how to open his heart. He left and like all the others we are blessed to help, he went off on his own way.

     Do these tefillin experiences at the Kotel change anyone, or are they just momentary tourist attractions? Photo-ops? Here is what he wrote to Shmuli a few days after he left.

 

    Dear brother Shmuli,

Greetings from Tirana (Albania).

I am very overwhelmed and at once emotional by my first visit at the wall. G-d welcomed and blessed me openly with the opportunity to meet my brother of our strong nation. Sincerely, I still feel like I'm there right next to that sacred wall, which from now on is my house of soul and heart. I came shy and unconfident at the Wall because I unfortunately know very little about our belief. However after the conversation with you I really felt like in the middle of my family and my brother, whom for the first time made me experienced Bar Mitzvah. 

Wishing you endless happiness

Adi Dule

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

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Singing and Dancing


   by Reb Gutman Locks 

     Young religious boys singing and dancing … happy to be at the Kotel.
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Thursday, February 07, 2019

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Fear vs Love


   by Reb Gutman Locks  

 

     The Talmud tell us when we repent out of fear, our willful sins will be transformed into inadvertent sins, and when we repent out of love those willful sins will be transformed into merits.

     First, what is repenting out of fear? When we turn from our sins because we know that Hashem will punish us if we do them, then we are turning because we fear that punishment.

     This is true repentance, but it is lower level repentance. Even if we repent due to fear of retribution, our willful sins will be transformed into accidental sins and the punishment for accidental sins is much lighter than for willful sins.

     But, when we realize that doing those sins transgresses the wishes of our loving Father, our Creator Who cares for our wellbeing, and we turn from those sins so we do not go against our Father's wishes, then we are repenting not because we are afraid of punishment, but because of our love for our Heavenly Father. This is higher level repentance, and the result is that our willful sins will be transformed into merit.

     How can a sin be looked upon as merit? When a sin brings us to loving G-d, and expressing our love by fulfilling His will, then that sin will be considered to have been for the good.

 

 

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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Adar Enters


   by Reb Gutman Locks
       Adar Enters

 

     When the Hebrew month of Adar enters (now), Jewish joy increases. This is the time to focus on increasing joy. Do things that bring spiritual happiness and watch how the joy expands. Every day it increases. It is a time when we should expect miracles. Watch for them. If you do not pay attention it might very well be that the miracles will come but you will not see them.

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Sunday, February 03, 2019

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Happy Birthday


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

     It is his third birthday. This marks a significant change in his life. Now he begins his Jewish education. His hair is cut for the first time leaving the payot (sidelocks). He begins to wear a kippah (head cover) and tzitzis (a fringed garment) for the first time, and he begins to learn the aleph-beis. It is a special day.    

     For this boy it was also dancing at the Kotel on Abba's shoulders and then handing out treats.

     The beginning of a lifelong pursuit of learning and living Torah.

 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Suffocating?


   by Reb Gutman Locks  
     Suffocating?

 

     A boy from a local yeshiva stopped me on my way to the Kotel yesterday and asked, "How do I stop the suffocation?"

     I didn't understand his question, "What do you mean?"

     He said, "My mind… Sometimes I feel like I am suffocating…how do I clear my mind?"

     I said, "You don't!"

     "You don't?"

     "No… you point it."

     It took him a few seconds to understand my answer, but then he smiled with huge relief.

    There is a long-standing mistake in many meditation systems, and in confused, or anxious people. They think that before they can move on, they have to clear their minds. This is wasted effort at best, and even if you could do it, is not the goal.

     All we have to do is to point our mind in the right direction, and every time it goes off again, back into its troublesome, even suffocating ways, we simply point it in the right direction again so we will accomplish what we want to do.

    We do not want to kill the animal inclination. We want to train it to become a useful animal so it will help us accomplish what we have been sent here to do.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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I Smile


   by Reb Gutman Locks
    I Smile

 

    I was busy helping someone with tefillin when a religious guy from America came up and said, "Everyday when I put on tefillin I smile, and it's all because of you." He gave me a huge smile and walked away.

    He must have seen, "G-d Said, Be Happy" G-d Said, 'Be Happy'  

   Take a look at it and see if the same thing happens to you.

 

    
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Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Knowing the Past


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

Hi, my name is Yakov,

     I wanted to inquire about reincarnations.

     I feel connected in my Soul and connected in my Life Calling by Hashem to Sh'muel haNavi.   But I dont know how to confirm this.

     Is there any kosher meditation to help me realize my past life?

 

Shalom Yakov,

     We should feel close to some Biblical or historical personality and we should try to see how our lives might be like theirs, but we cannot know what may or may not have happened to us before we were born into this world. Those who say they can experience such things are experiencing their own imagination.

    To find out about your past see what it has brought to you …your skills…your limitations…who you were named after….

     But what is important to you is not your past, but your future, and your future can be changed only by your present. This means, do good and good will come to you and to those around you.

Be well

Gutman

 

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

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When You're Down & Out



by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths


     When you are at what seems
to be the bottom of the world, how can you get back up again? Is there any way
you can pick yourself up? Is there someway to improve the situation?


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When You're Down & Out



by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths


     When you are at what seems
to be the bottom of the world, how can you get back up again? Is there any way
you can pick yourself up? Is there someway to improve the situation?


type article here -
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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Lamplighters


   by Reb Gutman Locks
     Lamplighters

 

     Some Chassidim call outreach workers lamplighters. This is alright with me as it is a fairly good way to explain what such Chassidim do. But the fact is that outreach workers are not really igniting a flame. They are cleaning the glass that is in front of the flame, so its light will be able to shine out into the world.

     Every day we thank G-d saying, "The soul you have given me is pure…" Whether we are aware of its unique presence or not, every Jew has a holy soul that wants to serve its Master, the Holy King, from where it comes.  

     It is the goal of every Jew to live a holy life. This is our purpose whether we know it or not. We do this by living a life of Torah and mitzvahs. One of the Torah's commandments is that we are to help our fellow pick up his fallen donkey. This is true if it is his physical donkey that has fallen, and it is true if it is his spiritual soul that has fallen.

     A fallen soul is like a lamp whose glass cover has become soiled. Even though the flame is still burning brightly its light cannot come out into the world. The Jew's holy soul is already burning brightly. We just have to help its light to come out into

the world.

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