Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Reaching Out

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

You can list a lot of good reasons why not try to bring your fellow Jew to do a mitzvah. For instance, you could say, “He might get upset at me when I ask, and you know how I hate to be rejected.” “I’m not used to doing this kind of thing.” “It’s not my thing. I’d be embarrassed to even try.” “I’ve never done it before.” “I don’t know how to do it.” “Let the Lubavatchers take care of that kind of stuff.” “I’m busy. I have to go to work,” and on and on….

This is a picture of Zachary and one of his customers. Zachary is a veterinarian pharmacist whose pharmacy is located in Hollywood, Florida. One day he read a book* that was full of warm stories describing what happens when you reach out to help your fellow Jew to do a mitzvah.

He said, “Why not?” and he tried to help with a good heart. Now, Zack has a bunch of his own warm stories to share. How wonderful is his portion! Besides filling your prescriptions, his pharmacy offers tefillin year round, and you can be spiritually awakened by the Shofar in the month leading up to Rosh HaShanah.

The customer in the picture walked into Zack’s pharmacy thinking to just buy some pills for his dog. He got the pills he went in for, and he got a lot more than just pills for his dog, too. Thanks to Zack’s kindness he also got food for his soul!

Having to go to work is not an excuse for not helping. In fact, if you take your spiritual concern with you when you go, you will turn even the most mundane workplace into a holy place.

If you saw a Jew’s donkey fall to the ground you would surely help him pick it up. If you would help him pick up his physical donkey, which is only a temporary possession of his, how much more so should you try to help him pick up his spiritual donkey? After all, his true spiritual nature is forever.

*P.S. The book he read was "Coming Back To Earth."


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