Monday, February 14, 2011


Not Since My Wife Died!

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

image003 (13)     I recently asked an American man to put on tefillin (at the Kotel tefillin stand). He said, “No way! I haven’t put on tefillin since my wife died, more than 10 years ago, and I am not going to do it now. I haven’t done anything Jewish since then, and I’m not going to start.” He walked off to the Kotel (Western Wall), without the slightest hint of a smile.

     A few minutes later he came back to me and put out his arm. He said, “Okay, I’ll do it.”

     He had an especially good time with the tefillin. The picture above shows him praying for his family and the things that he wants to have happen. You can see that he is having a meaningful experience. When we finished, he thanked me profusely. He was really happy. He said that when he was at the Wall he started to think about his wife and decided to put them on. It took only one minute, and his life turned around.

     Some people come to the Kotel to look at the stones—and they end up seeing themselves.


  1. You have the best stories and this one is truly amazing. Keep them coming! It's 9 am here in Los Angeles and thanks for making it a great day.

  2. great story and pic thank God there are simpple people simple jews still in the world

  3. Very nice to hear.

    Why does it seem that his head tefillin on his hat?

  4. Josh, He is wearing a baseball cap, and there is space between the edge of the cap and the adjusting strap. That is where the tefillin sit.
    Be well


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