Friday, September 09, 2011

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Even In Jail

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


     A Jewish businessman made a bad mistake. He took something that wasn’t his. Oh, for sure, he claims that he had a right to do what he did, but the judge did not agree. In Jail! He has been granted some clemency now, and he is being moved to a halfway house. Soon, please G-d, he will be released.

I am so saddened that a Jew is in such a predicament, especially a religious Jew. In some ways, he has really embarrassed the Torah. Surely we feel sorry for him, but look at the mess he has put himself in; What can he do in jail? Three walls and a gate! Someone asked whether he should he even put on his tefillin and let the other prisoners see that a religious Jew has been locked up….

His wife wrote…

“I spoke to Barry tonight and just thought I would relay our conversation. I think you would be proud of him. It seems he is the unofficial Rabbi there. He has had the zechut [merit] of putting tefillin on a couple of Jews who have never done it before, and made the berachot [blessing] for the first time. He has also changed 2 peoples’ choice of food. They are now only receiving kosher food. I am very proud of him. He is up to 6 people in his circle. I thought of you and just wanted to share these thoughts.

“We are still waiting for a bed to open in the halfway house. He is number 3 on the list. Thank you for your prayers.”

     Barry’s acts of spiritual kindness while in jail are softening his spiritual and physical judgment. Knowing Barry as I do, he is not helping those other Jews for this reason. He is helping them because they need help.

     Finding a way to help is not the hard part. The hard part is caring enough to try. (Wherever you may be.)


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