Sunday, February 14, 2010


How Do I Show That I Love You?

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

Let me tell you a nice little story that just happened. It made me so happy that I started to sing as I walked on to the makolet (little grocery store).

Those of you who have been reading these articles for the past few years know that, whenever I go in the street, I keep an eye open to see if maybe there is someone I can move a little. Ah, I saw my target coming toward me. He was a nice-looking, young (maybe 18-years-old), baal teshuvah. He was walking, holding his tefillin bag by one of its corners. It was hanging by his leg, and it was swinging a little as he walked.

He looked like an American. “Do you speak English?” I asked.

“No. Spanish,” he answered.

“Maybe a little English?” I asked in my broken Spanish.

“No. But I speak Hebrew.”

“Let me ask you a question,” I said in Hebrew. “If you are carrying something that you love, how would you carry it?”

He looked down at his tefillin bag, and said, “By my heart.” He immediately raised his tefillin bag to his chest and held to close to him in front of his heart.

I smiled broadly at his sensitivity and quickness to grab onto a good idea. Then, as I walked away, I looked back at him just as he was looking back at me. He was smiling a huge smile, and he quickly held up his thumb, as if to say, “Thanks for the great idea!”

How wonderful it is to see a young man grow to a higher level of love of G-d, and in only 30 seconds, too.


  1. those of you who live in israel are so very fortunate. i envy you in the best way. (and no, it's not so easy to make aliyah...or i would be there right now)

  2. Beautiful, thank you for sharing this story with us. You can picture it happening!
    Re Anonymous and aliyah. I'm also longing to move up to Eretz Yisrael. My rav said pray every day to have the merit of being there and tell Hashem that you don't want to be in Chutz laaretz, you want to Be in Eretz Yisrael. Rebbi Natan of Breslov says if you don't get somehthing it's because you haven't prayed for it at all or because you haven't prayed enough. We should all have the zechut to pray and to receive, especially pray all day on Purim.


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