by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
It was a few minutes after sundown when a platoon of soldiers swamped the tefillin stand at the Kotel. They wanted to put on tefillin, and of course, we wanted to help them. But, we had a problem: You are not supposed to put on tefillin after dark. And, if for some reason you do put them on at night, you certainly do not say the blessing. Putting on tefillin is a daytime mitzvah, and when you do not do a mitzvah in its proper time, you do not say the blessing. As it turned out, the soldiers were putting on tefillin at night, and they were saying the blessing!
There must have been 30 of them, and even though we were working as quickly as we could, it was well past the time for this mitzvah.
A rabbi walked by and scornfully reminded me that by helping them to put on tefillin and say the blessing after dark, I was transgressing halacha (Jewish law).
“I know,” I said, “but the mitzvah guards their life. What can I do?”
He nodded his head in reluctant agreement. Would anyone withhold this protection from them?!
Why do some of us, like these soldiers, push aside anything in their way in order to do a mitzvah, while others of us do not even want to roll out of bed to do one?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
// 12/24/2009 //