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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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A New Life


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
      

A New Life

 

     He walked up to me smiling. He didn't seem Jewish. I asked him if his mother was Jewish and he said, "No, she's a x-ian," so I montioned that he could go on to the Kotel. But then he said, "But, my grandmother was Jewish."

     "Your father's mother, or your mother's mother?"

     "My mother's mother."

     "If your mother's mother was Jewish then your mother is Jewish no matter what religion she follows. And if your mother is Jewish then you are Jewish. Are you sure that your mother's mother is Jewish?"

     He said, "Yes, we all knew it."

     Right then everything turned around for him.

     I put tefillin on him and he read the Shema out loud in English. I sent him to the Kotel to open his heart.

     A new man. I explained now that he knows he is a Jew he has to go learn what this means … what he is supposed to do about it. I told him to go to the Chabad House in his town. One of the smartest things Chabad does is not to insist on a Jew already being Torah observant before they are welcomed into the congregation.

     He walked in looking like a friendly gentile tourist, and he walked out a Jew excited to see what his new life is going to bring.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Baruch Hashem


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

Baruch Hashem

 

     He is from Russia, but he moved to Israel some years ago. When he first walked by he said that he didn't have time to put on tefillin because people were waiting for him. I told him that it would take only one minute, and I gently pulled his arm. After reading the Shema in Russian I told him to pray for his family and to thank G-d.  

     He gave a big smile and in Hebrew, but with a thick Russian accent, loudly said, "Baruch Hashem I live in Israel. Baruch Hashem I have an apartment. Baruch Hashem I have food. Baruch Hashem I am healthy. Baruch Hashem…and he kept going on and on and on.

     This Jew knows the secret to living a happy life. Thank G-d for all the good things He is giving you and not only will you be happy with what you have, but He will then give you even more. Baruch Hashem

 

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

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The Nine Days


   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

The Nine Days

 

     Oy! Days of mourning are sad; yet we can elevate even these sad days. This exile was caused by Jews hating Jews without reason. We can reverse the exile by reversing its cause. Jews can love Jews without reason … without reason other than they are Jews. We can do this by even such a small thing as a friendly smile, or any helping hand. Especially if this helping hand brings the Jew you are loving closer to living a Torah based life. Not only will this help to reverse the exile; it will pick up the Jew you are helping, it will pick you up, and best of all, it will make Hashem happy, too. A really good deal!


It's a US number but that's the way to reach me here via phone.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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What Is A Jew?



by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

     What does it mean to be a Jew?  What is so unique about the Jewish People? Are
Jews any different than the other Nations of the World?
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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YouTube Does It Again


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

YouTube Does It Again

 

     This religious soldier came up to me by my tefillin cart and said, "I am what I am today because of you. I wasn't religious. I saw your videos especially the one with the pastor and I began keeping the commandments. Thank you for making my life like it is," and he gave me a huge hug.

     I said, "You made my day!"

     He answered with a big smile, "You made my life!"

     If you know anyone the videos would help it would be a huge kindness to share them.

Answers to a Pastor 

 

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

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Watch Out!


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

Watch Out!

 

     Four America Jewish men and a fourteen-year-old boy were visiting the Kotel. They walked by ignoring me trying to bring them in to put on tefillin. A little later one man brought the boy over and let me put tefillin on him. He was a very nice boy. I gave him the Shema in English and sent him to pray for his family. The men strongly refused to put on tefillin.

    Some time later, three of the men were walking out and I stopped them and tried again. One of them asked, "Will you take a Torah test?"

     I answered, "If you will put on tefillin I will take your Torah test."

     Something didn't seem right, the way he looked at the other man who was much tougher. I put tefillin on him and he started to ask me questions. I answered all his questions, but the other guy tried to argue against whatever I said.    

     Soon the boy and father came back, and I talked the father into putting on tefillin, and had him bless his son. He could read Hebrew, but something seemed wrong. They walked off with tefillin on and they took a lot of pictures.

     They came back and he said, "You're good at this."

     I answered, "I have been doing it for 4,000 years." (…referring to Avraham's life of reaching out to guests to teach them about Hashem.)

     Then I asked him what he did. He mumbled a little but then said, "I am a minister."

     "A What!" I yelled.

     He said, "A minister of teaching Jews about the bible and yushke."

     Obviously, he didn't use the word yushke which is derogatory, but used yushke's Hebrew name.

     I said, "You're out of your mind."

    Then I said to the boy, "Don't listen to your father. He is totally wrong about this."   

    They took off the tefillin and left.

    Now I realize that they are here with a group of other "Jews for yushke" trying to spread that evil idolatry to unsuspecting Jews!

    Here are just a few things Jews should know to knock off any of their arguments.    

    G-d is infinite. The Infinite is everywhere at all times. Psalms says Hashem is in Heaven and the deepest earth. Their book of idolatry says that after yushke was buried he left his tomb on the 3rd day and went to heaven. If that would be true, then they are teaching that he is not everywhere---don't worship him! Worship the Father, the King Who is everywhere.

     Their book quotes yushke saying, "If you can't tell what kind of tree it is, look at its fruit." The fruit of that man has been more Jews have been murdered in his name than in any other name in history!"

     They like to say he was the Messiah. The Messiah must be from the tribe of Judah, King Dovid's tribe. To be from the tribe of Judah a Jew's father must be from the tribe of Judah. That book of theirs says that yushke's father was a spirit, a "holy ghost"! There are no ghosts in the tribe of Judah so that man cannot be the Messiah.   

     On and on, their book is filled with nonsense that they believe with all their heart. They are told if they even begin to doubt they will burn is hell forever! There are dozens and dozens of these types of total foolishness that they believe in. It is our responsibility to educate Jews how to defend themselves from this poison.   

     Here are the links to my videos on this subject. Learn the answers and share the links.

 

Answers to a Pastor 

What's Wrong with christianity? 

Is christianity Idolatry?

Who Is The Real Son of G-d? 

Isaiah 53 Link 

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

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More Jews In Israel


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

More Jews In Israel

 

    The Immigration Minister confirms that Israel is now home to the world's largest Jewish community, surpassing the US. More Jews live in Israel than in any other country in the World. This is not just a physical change. It also shows that there has been a significant spiritual change, too. The 2,000 years of exile is ending. The Redemption will become noticeably quicker now. Watch for more and more signs. Thank G-d!

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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Elevating My Mistakes


   by Reb Gutman Locks  
      

Elevating My Mistakes

 

     A mashpia (spiritual mentor) in a Chabad Yeshiva wrote:

     There is this guy from Colombia: He is around 55 and a dentist. I met him at the yeshiva last night. 

     He said, "Do you really know the guy that stopped the elephant?"

     As it turns out this guy has been heavily into Hinduism for decades. Has seen many of the gurus and has even had them in his house. 

     He winds up watching your video about you and more of your videos on YouTube and it changes his life. He went out and bought tefillin and has now come to the yeshiva. All in the last three months!  One of the yeshiva boys told me that he asked them what he should do with his idols. So, the boy told him to burn them.

     He came over for lunch. Very interesting guy. Can I give him your email?

    You just never know what your videos can do. I would love to see your story made into a full movie. Who knows how many people it could help. 

Dovid

Gutman's Story Goes to Hollywood

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

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Is G-d Angry?


   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Is G-d Angry?

Eliyahu asks:

     It was you who got me to read the Torah for the first time about 15 years ago. I'm a bit stuck now. When I read the Chumash (Torah) I have great difficulty not thinking of Hashem as an easily angered character. I've asked many, many Rabbis for help. None have helped.

 

Gutman's reply:

     Hashem has many names. Each Name stands for a different way that He relates to us at different times depending on the need. Sometimes He seems like our Father, sometimes like our King. We do not talk to our Father the same way that we talk to our King.

     We all see things from our own perspective. Personally, I am always amazed that throughout our history such wonderful exalted people have made so many foolish mistakes, and at the same time I wonder what hope there is for someone on our level.

     Perhaps the greatest mistake was when a few weeks after freeing the Jewish people from the harsh Egyptian slavery, and then giving the Jews standing there His wonderful Torah by showing them the most exalted visions imaginable, that a few weeks later they set up a golden calf to worship? How is that possible? Oy!

     Way before that, the first man was specifically told not to eat that fruit, but he ate it anyway! Is this nuts or what? His wife after eating it gave it to him to eat. What in the world did she do! Their first child murdered his brother! On and on…

     After seeing how Sarah's slave Hagar acted against Sarah, Avraham still took her back and gave her a child!

     Our father Yitzchak preferred the evil Esau to the righteous Yaacov… on and on…

     Moshe hit the rock when Hashem told him to talk to it.

     Dovid, the beloved of Hashem, did some really nutty things …

     These were the most holy, humble, beloved people Hashem created, yet look at their all too human mistakes.

     Now, while we are on the subject shall I list my mistakes? Oy! Really oy! It would take a huge book to do such a thing.

     Every day I thank G-d for His kindness for allowing me to be in the world. Thank G-d someone like me can turn from what I was doing and live a life surrounded with good people trying to do good things.

    My point is, each of us looks at the particular Name of G-d from our own perspective, from where we are holding, the Name that fits our current place.

    And you? Thankful? Angry? Indifferent? ?

 

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

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4 Good Reasons to Believe in G-d

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Look What We Found

   by Reb Gutman Locks
      

Look What We Found

 

Doug wrote:

       I want to thank you for your teachings and publicly sharing your personal story. Gutman's Story Goes to Hollywood

     My wife and I are converting. Your short teachings, especially those on G-d being infinite have helped us re-shape our understanding of who G-d is, and how we should relate to Him.  Watching those short YouTube videos blesses us so much that we talk about them throughout the week.  

     Even though we have never met, you will always be a part of our lives.

 

Gutman's reply:

    I am happy to have been able to help. It is such a shame that so many good people all over the world have not yet found the proper path to serve Hashem. If you know anyone else those videos would help, please send them the links.

     Please G-d we will reach more and more of them.

     If indeed you are converting, which is not necessary to live a righteous life, then be sure that the conversion is approved by the Orthodox Jewish court.

     You are part of my life, too.

Best wishes to you and your family

Be well

 

Doug's reply:

    Thank you for your reply. I am sharing your videos with everyone I can. As for conversion, I am making certain it will be Orthodox. But is it necessary? I am told it is not, but my heart tells me I have no choice.

    If you will indulge me, will tell you a little of the story. More than 30 years ago, before she died, my grandmother told me that our family is Jewish. Her parents came to the United States and changed their names. I've taken the DNA tests, and yes, there is evidence that I have some Jewish heritage.
     As an adult, I spent time exploring Judaism while still hanging on to christianity by attending Messianic congregations. Every year, for over 15 years my wife and I would conduct Messianic Passovers and try to convert the Jewish people.
     I am very ashamed now of what I did. I have asked for G-d to forgive me. One day, I hope He will allow me to publicly declare the truth and truly help others instead of leading them astray. Now, we are planning our retirement, and are looking for a house in Las Vegas near an Orthodox community. I am praying 3 times every day that G-d brings about our conversion quickly. I look forward, tearfully, for the day that I can put on tefillin. Peace and Blessings, -- Doug

Gutman asked?

     Was it your father's mother or your mother's mother who was Jewish?

 

Doug:
     It was my mother's, mother. 

 

Gutman:

     If you are sure that your mother's mother was a Jew, then your mother is a Jew, and if your mother is a Jew, you are a Jew. If you can prove that your mother's mother was a Jew, then there is no need to convert.

   

Doug:

     I am not an emotional man, but I cried when I read this.  Thank you. 

     We will be traveling to Las Vegas in a few weeks to talk with the Rabbi and search for a home.  Whatever the Rabbi says, we will do.

     My wife will need to convert. I want to go through the process with her.  

     We spent so many years in x-tian idolatry.  I want to be very careful in how I come to Hashem; I want it to be done His way.  

Peace and blessings, 

Doug

 

Gutman:

      If you are sure that your mother's mother is Jewish, there is absolutely no need at all for you to go through the process. Of course, be with your wife to help her, but you yourself do not have to convert.  

    You will want to become a specialist in helping Jews to move out of x-ianity, and to host large Kosher Passover Seders to elevate your previous mistakes. Make sure you enjoy returning to Hashem. See this video;

Turning to G-d

Be well


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

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No Other


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    

No Other

 

     Since the previous article on Hashem's "concealment" drew so much interest, it seems appropriate to take the conversation to the next higher level.

    The last article discussed the disagreement as to what the Ari meant; that Hashem "contracted" Himself in order to have space to put creation.

     The current disagreement deals with; what is here now that Hashem has made His creation? The Torah says: "Know this day and take it to your heart that the L-rd is G-d, in the Heavens above and upon the Earth below there is nothing else."[i] 

     One opinion holds that this means there is no other god. Another says it means there is nothing significant other than Hashem, so all is nullified to Hashem. And there is a prominent opinion that insists that it really means exactly what it says: G-d is all; Hashem is the existence! "There is nothing else!"

    All agree that Hashem is Infinite, and by definition, the Infinite has to be endless. The problem is, since the Infinite is endless It has to be all. If so, then what is the finite,… the limited creation that we all experience? How can the Infinite and the finite both exist at the same time and place?

     The answer is that the endless Infinite is also the finite. It has to be, or else It would not be all. But since the finite is limited, it cannot be the Infinite!

     Once you identify an object you limit it, you have put borders on it, so you cannot call that object Infinite. Therefore, we have to say that, yes, the Infinite is also the finite, but the finite is not the Infinite.

     G-d is all, and He is beyond all too, but the all is not Him. The Infinite can say I am this little drop too, but the little drop cannot say, "I am the Infinite."

     So, what does the Torah mean when it says, "there is no other." It means exactly what it says, there is nothing other than Hashem.

     All existence, all reality, is the Holy One Blessed is He. He is all, there is no other, and He is beyond the all, too. 



[i] Deuteronomy 4:39 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Is He Contracting or Is He Hiding?


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

Is He Contracting or Is He Hiding?

 

     There is a long-standing disagreement as to the meaning of one of the Ari's deepest teachings, Tzimtzum (contraction). There is even a disagreement if there is a disagreement!

     Most briefly: The Ari taught; when Hashem first created the Universe, since all was just Him alone, filling all, He had to "tzimtzum Himself" in order to leave an empty place to put His creation.

     The question is, do we take tzimtzum literally as seems to be the Litvak understanding; i.e. that Hashem actually contracted Himself leaving a place empty and put the creation there? Or, do we believe as the Chassidim teach; not to take the word tzimtzum literally, and that all Hashem really does is to hide Himself in order for there to appear to be a place where He is not, i.e. the physical Universe, but actually He is still everywhere at all times?

     The main difference in these two understandings is, what is the reality today? Does Hashem, so to speak, stand outside of creation and watch over and control everything from there, or does Hashem actually fill and surround all … that He is everywhere at all times … filling even the lowest physical creation?

      The nature of the physical expansion of the Universe suggests that the Chassidim are right. Scientists say that the Universe is expanding, and it is expanding equally in all directions.

     Now, if you could imagine that Hashem withdrew Himself to one location and big-banged the creation into existence by sending it into the empty space away from the place he withdrew to, then it would seem that the creation would be expanding out away from where He "threw" it from, i.e. away in that one direction.

     But since the Universe is expanding equally in all directions, it suggests that Hashem big-banged the creation from the middle, and that is why it is expanding out in every direction.

     This seems to show that Hashem is right here in the middle of everything.

     Baruch Hashem

 

 

 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Hey, Yankee Fan!


   by Reb Gutman Locks
      

Hey, Yankee Fan!

 

     Even though I called out to him a few times, he ignored me. I called out again, "Come put on tefillin," but he kept on walking by. Then, because of his hat, I yelled, "Hey, Yankee fan."

     He looked over and, I said, "Yankee fan come put on tefillin," and he came right away.

     I guess calling him that made him feel comfortable, I really don't know, but whatever works is for the good.

     I told him my one Yankee line and he loved it. "The last Yankee game I went to was Babe Ruth day. They gave him a car."

     I had him read the Shema, pray for his loved ones, and take a picture to remind him. It's always the highlight of their day. It is their fondest memory they take with them when they go back home.

     It is such a simple thing to give to someone, yet it is so very important for them. You never know how it might change their life, what they will do differently from then on, and you certainly do not know how it might affect their share in Heaven, especially when they open their heart and talk to G-d.

    

     If you have been blessed to live life loving Hashem's Torah and His mitzvas, then you certainly should share what you have found with others.

   

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Mazal Tov




    by Reb Gutman Locks  
      

Mazal Tov

 

     Do you remember a couple of years ago, the Jewish man who was living in China and was seriously dating a Chinese girl… planning to marry her? He saw my video, "Jews Should Marry Jews" and he called her up right away and broke off the relationship. He moved to Israel, made Aliyah (became an Israeli), and went to the Ulpan (Hebrew speaking classes). After the Ulpan he joined a yeshiva and has been working half a day and learning Torah half a day ever since.

     Last Shabbos on my way to the Kotel he stopped me and introduced me to his wife of 6 months. Baruch Hashem.

     He said, "You should make a video for the non-religious Jews who live in America telling them that the most important thing is that they have to marry a Jewish girl."

     I told him, "I already made that video. Remember? It was what brought you here."

     Thank G-d for the internet!

 

Jews Should Marry Jews 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TptkFd6HXhE

(video link)

 

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