by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Every once in a while, someone comes up to me at the Kotel and asks me for a blessing or to pray for a loved one who is ailing. I always tell them that any time they want a blessing they should do a good deed, especially a Torah-related good deed, and then ask Hashem to bless the person they want blessed. This way, the spiritual merit of the good deed will go to that loved one.
Yesterday, a man told me his mother’s story. She is a Hungarian holocaust survivor, who as a very young child was fortunate to be saved by being placed in a catholic orphanage. She and a young aunt survived. Right after the holocaust, the Communists took over the country and she endured another ten years of horrible life. After that, she managed to immigrate to Canada, where she married a non-Jewish man, this man’s father.
He told me that she doesn’t light Shabbos candles or do any other mitzvahs, but she has a deep love for the Jewish people and especially for Israel. I told him that if she were to light Shabbos candles and then pray for us, Hashem would surely answer her prayers. Since she would be doing the mitzvah just to give us the merit, G-d certainly would listen to her. I could see that he understood the value of what I told him and will pass the information on to his mother.
Everyone can help--wherever we are. All you have to do is try.