by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Pathsssssssssssssss
The other day, I helped a nice American man and his son to put on tefillin. He did not wear a yarmulke (head covering), so I was very surprised that he could read the prayers in Hebrew so well. He said that he was a reform rabbi. This was really unusual; rarely have I seen a reform rabbi put on tefillin.
I wanted to make an important point to him, without turning him off, so I was very diplomatic. I said, “It’s not so bad that the reform movement doesn’t follow the Torah the way it is written. Most Jews in the world don’t. But it is really wrong that you tell your congregations that the way you follow the Torah is the way that it is supposed to be followed. It would be much better if you would tell them the way you do it, and then explain that you do not do it the way the Torah says.
I was surprised that he agreed with me. Normally, people jealously defend their chosen path. He told me that he used to be an Orthodox rabbi, but some years ago his 17 year-old son was murdered. He said that he was so angry with G-d that for years he did not follow any mitzvahs at all. He ate non-kosher food, didn’t keep Shabbat; he did absolutely no mitzvahs. He was angry that G-d took his son away from him.
He said, “But then G-d spoke to me. Not like a voice, but inside my heart.” He put his hand over his heart. “I realized that instead of being angry with G-d for what He took from me, I should be thankful for what He gave me. I had 17 wonderful years with my son. I saw that I was focusing on my loss, and ignoring the good that I had been given.”
Little by little, he is coming back to Torah and mitzvahs.
We can certainly learn from this man. One of the best ways to make sure that you have a good day is to thank G-d for all of the good that He has given you.