Thursday, January 15, 2009


“Did You Put On Tefillin Today?”

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

This afternoon at the Kotel a very fine looking elderly Chassid walked past the tefillin stand. He looked like a Rebbe. There were two younger Chassidim accompanying him. He had a very sweet Jewish face, quick to smile, with a fine grey beard, the kind of rabbi you would immediately take to.

It was packed at the stand and we could have used some help. I was busy wrapping tefillin on someone when he walked by. I looked up and called over to him, “Did you put on tefillin today?”

He was very surprised that I would ask. In fact, he was taken aback and his face and voice showed it. “Do you really think that I would not have put on tefillin today?”

“On how many people?” I asked.

“Oh, that’s what you mean.” He smiled and walked by. He didn’t jump on my invitation to come help (not that I thought he would), but he did get the message.

Guys, it’s not enough to put tefillin on your own arm. We have to be concerned with the other guy’s arm too.

(Photo from DrLaz.Com of Tefillin being put on Hollywood comedian and actor Howie Mandel by Dr. David Lazerson, Ph.D, who is a renowned public educator and race relations expert, and a Lubavitcher Chossid.)


Anonymous said...

"renounced public educator"

Nu? Who renounced him? ;-) I think you must mean renowned. (Another case where spell-check does not substitute for proof-reading.)

Akiva said...

Hey, we be not so perfecting in our editing, but be trying. Constructive criticism gratefully accepted, other types not always gratefully or gracefully.

JewWishes said...

Great story! Great photo!

Anonymous said...

it's one thing to put tefilin on...

ah, but did the tefilin go IN ?!

yasher koach

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