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From The Old City: Wrapping Up

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

Dear Friends,

This month (Elul) concludes the series of weekly Torah insights I've been posting. I am very thankful to have been able to send one each week for the past two years (the last year of which have been posted weekly here at Mystical Paths).

These writings have just been published and are now available in hardback copy.

"From The Old City -- A Practical Torah Commentary" is a collection of comments, explanations and/or stories for each of the weekly Torah readings. The common thread running through them is that the Torah is speaking not only of the historical perspective (indeed, it is also a history book), but, even more importantly, it is also speaking about each of us today. This timelessness is its true value.

When we view each of the personalities recorded in the Torah as not only having lived thousands of years ago but also living within us, we can use those historical events to guide our lives today. When we see how the deeds of the forefathers are truly a sign to the children, [i] we can confront our troubles the way our righteous ancestors confronted theirs. And we can thank G-d for what He sends to us the way they thanked G-d for what He sent to them. When we act like our holy ancestors acted, we become like them, holy servants of the One Creator. This is the hope and purpose of creation.

If you order your copy now, it will arrive in time for the holidays and the new cycle of weekly Torah readings.

For the coming year it is my intention to send out letters from time to time, sometimes on the weekly portion and sometimes simply observations of life from the vantage point of the Old City.

Thank you for your attention for all these weeks.

With love and prayers for your well-being,
From The Old City of Jerusalem

Gutman (Gil) Locks

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

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