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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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Blessed

   by Reb Gutman Locks  
      

Blessed

 

     When we say a blessing, we are not blessing Hashem. We are not saying Blessed be Hashem…. The translation is, "Blessed is Hashem". This means that Hashem is the source of all blessings. By recognizing this we are praising Him.

     King Dovid said enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courtyard with praise. When we do a mitzvah, if we are thankful for the opportunity…, for the spiritual tool Hashem has given us, then, when we say the blessing we are moving through His outer gate and on into His courtyard. Indeed, it is a privilege to be a Jew.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Dance





   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

Dance

 

     It is said that dance is the highest form of prayer. It must be because when we dance we use our entire bodies to express our inner feelings.

     Many different dances… all saying pretty much the same thing…We're happy... We're thankful… We would love to see more of You….

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Why Antisemitism Now?

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

Why Antisemitism Now?

 

     The Headlines read; Anti-Semitism in Europe reaches the extreme levels of 100 years ago. Why is this happening now? It seems to me that it is happening now for the same reason it happened back then. Hashem is telling the Jewish people to come home.

     The Redemption is about to become evident to everyone. The entire world will see the prophecies of thousands of years ago being fulfilled; Hashem bringing the Jewish people home.

     The problem is once the redemption becomes obvious to all the reward for coming home will not be as great as it is now while it is still dark out.

     To get the best place you should come home now.

Should Every Jew Move to Israel?

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Worshipping People Who Anger You

   by Reb Gutman Locks


    

Worshipping People Who Anger You

 

From: Emil 

Dear Rabbi Gutman,

     I have a problem. I cannot control my anger. When someone is arguing with me, I react. I am getting angry, nervous and counter attack. What shall I do to control my anger?

Please advise!  

Thank you,

 

Gutman:

     Anger is likened to idolatry. G-d is Infinite, and He is sending us everything that comes to us. If you knew that person you are arguing with is being sent to you by G-d you would not get angry at him, but since you think that he or her is the one doing it, you get angry at them.  

     Next time it is happening try to ask yourself, "What is the message Hashem wants me to learn from this experience?" Try to see what you are doing to bring such an unpleasant response from the people around you

Emil: 

     Thanks a lot. So, in other words, what you're saying is that the person who's making me angry is eventually sent by God to teach me a lesson. You know I was actually thinking about this.  

     Anger is idolatry. This means anger is a demon and by getting angry we're worshipping a demon not God which obviously is idolatry. 

    That makes sense.

    You're amazing dear Rabbi! I love you! Peace and blessings to you!

Gutman:

    G-d is sending you the people who are getting you angry but you think that those people are the ones instigating those annoying things, so you give them the credit of being the Doer. This is as if you are worshipping them as the ones who are doing those things instead of seeing that Hashem is sending them

Emil:

     I agree with you. You're right. 

Gutman:

      Then stop worshipping those people who are getting you angry.

Emil:

     In other words, I have to remove those people who make me angry from my life, isn't it?  

Gutman:

     No. If you do Hashem will send even worse ones. You have to figure out why Hashem is sending them to you. What are they coming to teach you?

Emil:

      I see. Perhaps Hashem wants to teach me patience and temperance I guess ๐Ÿค” 

    This is a very interesting situation. 

    So, what you're saying is that this people are sent to me by God in order for me to learn something. 

     Now I understand.

Gutman wrote:

     That is certainly part of it but also look to see what they are doing that bothers you and see if that has any particular lesson for you.

Emil:

    Ok. So, the question is, how to react or what exactly to do when someone's making you angry? What the best approach to a situation like this?

Gutman:

    First, when you get angry ask; "Why is Hashem sending me this guy? What am I supposed to learn from his disturbing behavior? What have I been doing that Hashem is trying to show me, so I will change."

    An example, if you have been speaking harshly to people and you feel that it is alright to do this, then some time later, depending on your merit, someone speaks harshly to you. You don't like it, but you have not yet realized that Hashem sent that harsh speaker to you to show you what you have been doing. So, you ignore him, or get angry at him. Then, sometime later someone else speaks to you harshly but really harsh this time, and you get angry at him for being harsh with you, but you still haven't put it together that It is Hashem Who is sending you the harshness to help you to do what you really want to do. If you have no merit you may not ever notice that this is happening. The more merit you have the more quickly and loud will be the experiences.

Emil:

     So, all these things happen because of me and Hashem is in reality trying to correct me by sending these types of people into my life to teach me a lesson. Very wise indeed. In this case I should be quiet and reflect on the message Hashem is sending to me instead of getting angry and acting foolishly. You're genial Rabbi! 

Gutman:

     Be well

 

 

 



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

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A Brief Internet Conversation

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

A Brief Internet Conversation

 

Raphael wants to know:

     After everything you have been through what is it about Judaism that made you feel connected to G-d?

Gutman's reply:

     First off, Judaism is for Jews and I am a Jew. Next, having seen the visions and powers of the other religions, and having experienced Hashem's hand and His teachings… there is no comparison. It's like comparing hallucinatory drugs to vivid reality.

Raphael:

     What's your experiences on all of those hallucinations and visions after all the meditation?

Gutman:

     The experiences of the East that come from their practices are the reapings of the magicians and Ba-alay tum-ah (masters of spiritually unclean powers).

Raphael:

    What's your opinion on a woman converting to Judaism? Vs. just marrying a Jewish woman with proper upbringing? And also, your thoughts on reformed vs orthodox?

Gutman:

     When you marry a woman who was born and raised Jewish your family and her family will have much in common and this will make the marriage more successful. If a woman converts to marry a certain man, the conversion will not be kosher, so her children will not be Jews.

     Reform Judaism teaches many things that are totally opposite to what the Torah teaches.

     Now, your turn; do you keep Shabbos and put on tefillin on the weekdays?

Raphael:

     Neither…My sister is Chabad and has 8 children though.

Gutman:

     You are wasting your spiritual life…leaving behind all of the spiritual benefits a Torah life brings.

Raphael:

     Why can I not pray in my own way with my thoughts and words rather than read a book?

Gutman:

     Do both. Pray from your heart but also follow the way Hashem told us to go and learn from the Sages who have gone before us.

     (Raphael left the conversation)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Be True

   by Reb Gutman Locks


Be True

 

Margaret's comment on Becoming a Jew:

 

     "If you are born into x-ianity, but do not believe God comes in three parts, you have to change.  You must be true to God."

 

Gutman's reply:

     No one is born into x-ianity. x-ianity is a belief… a religion, not a people. No one is born with a belief. G-d is Infinite. The Infinite has no parts. The Infinite is All. To believe in a god that "comes in 3 parts" is idolatry. Idolatry is not true! Don't do that.

 


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Sunday, April 08, 2018

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A Jew's Job



by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths


Everyone has come into this
world with a specific task to do. That’s why you are you and not me. How do you
know what you have been sent here to do?
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Thursday, April 05, 2018

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Seven, or Ten?

   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Seven, or Ten?

 

     Fullproof commented:

     You can do the work of G-d and get to Heaven without being Jewish…just be a good person and help others.

Gutman's response:

     As long as your definition of being a good person includes the Seven Commandments of Noah you are right.

Fullproof answers:

     I have to read them๐Ÿ˜…only know Moses 10 Commandments ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gutman:

     The Ten were given to the Jewish People. The Seven commandments of Noah were given to all people.

Fullproof:

     How do I find out about the 7?

Gutman:

     Online: Start with, AskNoah.org

Fullproof:

     Privilege to hear from you ๐Ÿ‘

 



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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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Commandments

   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Commandments

 

     A non-Jewish man came up to me at the tefillin stand and asked me a few questions about tefillin and Torah. I was surprised that he knew so much about them.

     It turned out that he is a pastor from Colorado and had one time put on tefillin!   

     Someone standing there asked if a goi was allowed put on tefillin.

     I told him that it was not forbidden but it would be a big mistake. A gentile should follow his path and not try to mix up his portion and ours.

     I told the pastor that instead of worshipping a man/god he should follow the 7 Commandments of Noah and if he did he would have a wonderful life in this world and a share in the World to Come. He asked me what they were, and I briefly explained them to him.

     He said, "We're lucky. We only have seven commandments, but Jews have hundreds."

     I told him, "Because you see the commandments to be burdens you are happy to have few of them. We see them to be opportunities to serve our loving Father, so if it would be possible, we would like to have even more."

     When you love Someone, you are happy to do whatever He wants you to do.

 


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Pesach- What’s the Most Important Thing?




    by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Pesach- What's the Most Important Thing?

 

      Although the holiday of Passover is by far the most memorable and beloved holiday of the entire Jewish calendar, it also brings the greatest number of details, requirements, and restrictions. Observing each of these elements is crucial during this week of preparation and especially for the Seder itself. To list them all would (and does) fill an entire book.

 

     There are the Torah commandments and there are the rabbinical commandments. There are also the customs that, surprisingly, vary tremendously between the Sephardim and Ashkenazim. There are the unique customs that have developed around the Diaspora. For example, Indian Jews eat different foods on Passover than Temanni Jews, and some Jews will dip their matzah in their soup, while others would be aghast at such a move! Some will eat beans, and some would never do such a thing. There are strict requirements as to the minimum amounts of matzah, bitter herb and wine that must be consumed, and only within a specific period of time. And perhaps most important of all are the amazingly strict requirements not to have any leavening or related products in our possession for the entire week. Confusing this even more is that some authorities say certain foods are leavened while others swear that they are not.

 

     On and on, the list of requirements that ensure a successful Seder can certainly seem overwhelming. It is no wonder that the favorite question a sharp student will ask his rebbe right before the Seder is, "What is the most important thing that I must watch out for?"

 

   Last Pesach, right before leaving the Kotel to rush home for the Seder, a rabbi friend of mine asked me that very question. To his great surprise, I immediately answered, "Make sure that the children have a good time." He looked at me as if I might be joking; his face was all twisted up. He wanted to know some great Kabbalah about the four cups of wine, or maybe how to lean to the side when drinking them. Or maybe I could give him some great Chassidic teaching on how to do teshuva (repentance) while trying to gulp down that impossibly hot horseradish. AAGHHHH! But, no, I simply said, "Make sure that the children have a good time."

 

    The next afternoon, he came up to me, smiling. He's a smart guy and he took my words to heart. He said, "It was the best Seder ever. The kids were great. Everyone was laughing. We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously. But tell me, how can you really say that keeping the kids happy was the most important thing to watch out for? After all, this is a very serious holiday."

 

   I explained, "There is only one reason we have the Seder at all: to remember the Exodus from Egypt. And there is only one reason why we must remember the Exodus from Egypt: so we will remain Jews. If we forget our past, there will be no reason to go on as a people. There is only one way for us to remain Jews, and that is to raise Jewish families. Without the children coming back next year, there won't be any Jewish families. It's for the kids' sake that we go through all this each year and, God willing, we will get to do it for them again next year, too. And if they have a good enough time, then surely someday we will even get to do it for their kids."

 

     Have a happy Pesach. It's essential.

Passover-What's the Most Important Thing?


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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The Hurva Synagogue

   by Reb Gutman Locks
    

The Hurva Synagogue

 

     In the Rova Yehudi (Jewish Quarter, Old City of Jerusalem): Built by Jews in the early 1700's. Destroyed by Muslims a few years later (1721). Lay in ruins for 140 years, thus the name the Hurva (ruins). In 1864 Jewish followers of the Villan Goan rebuilt it and it became the main Ashkenazi synagogue of Jerusalem. In 1948 when Jews were driven from the Old City, the arabs destroyed it again. We retook Jerusalem in 1967 and rebuilt the Synagogue a few years ago. They will not have the opportunity to destroy it again.  

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

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Matzah = Mitzvah



   by Reb Gutman Locks   
      

Matzah = Mitzvah

 

     In Hebrew, "matzahs" is spelled the same as "mitzvah". See why.

G-d Said, "Be Holy"

G-d Said, "Be Holy"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp4OIYIMAo

 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Happy Emigrants

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

Happy Emigrants

 

     The studies show that "Palestinian" arabs who emigrated to Chile have assimilated into the Chilean society and are much happier in Chile than they were when they lived in Israel.

     The studies also show that Russian Jews who emigrated from Russia to Israel have assimilated into the Israeli society and are much happier here than they were in Russia.

     The obvious solution to Palestinian arab joy is for them to emigrate to Chile, and for the Russian Jews to be happy they should come live here in Israel.

     A win/win solution.   

     A huge extra benefit is when more Jews come and live in the Land, the Holiness of the Land increases, more Torah becomes available, more mitzvahs are done, and these all increase the speed of the Redemption. We should help the arabs who live in Israel go be happy in Chile and help the Russian Jews come live in Israel so they will be happy. It will be good for everyone.

 



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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Kever Yosef Chol Hamoed Trip!

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This trip will leave on April 4, 2018 from Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef, Israel at 22:30 (10:30 pm) from the mercaz (center) of RBS A, returning between 3:00 to 5:00 AM.

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This trip is for men and women. The bus on this trip is not equipped for wheelchair access. Cane or walker is ok, but the holy site does have stairs on the men’s and women's side

**Cost could lower based on amount of participants. Refunds would be given on the bus!

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Redemption is Happening

   by Reb Gutman Locks
      

Redemption is Happening

 

     More signs that Hashem is bringing us home. May He do it even faster.

 

From the News:

     Israelis are having more children on average, defying global trends that have seen fertility rates plummet across the industrialized world.

    According to a report by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday, 181,405 babies were born in the Jewish state during 2016 – a 92% increase since 1980.

    Of those 181,405 children born, 73.9% were born to Jewish women, compared to 23.2% born to Arab women.

     The report also shows that Israel's Total Fertility Rate continues to rise and is now the highest among the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 35 member states.

     Among Israeli Jewish women, the TFR reached 3.16, surpassing for the first time in Israel's history the Arab fertility rate, which fell to 3.11.

 

And the next day's news reported:

     Israel has retained its spot as the 11th-happiest country in the world for the fifth year running, according to this year's UN annual World Happiness Report. The US is in 15th place.

    And, Israel has the 8th longest life expectancy in the world which includes both Jews and arabs, but the Jewish men's life expectancy is 4.3 years longer that the arab men, so the Israeli Jewish man's life expectancy is 4th in the world.[i] America has the 45th highest.

    Longer healthier lives… larger and happier families … Obviously, if you are Jewish there is no better place for you to live.

    Hurry home…

Should Every Jew Move to Israel?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihFSfKiwXhY

 



[i] Jerusalem Post 3/16/18



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