Thursday, December 08, 2011

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Never Had a Feeling Like that Before!

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     Do you remember Yitzy, the American yeshiva student who is here learning for the year? We wrote about him a few months ago when he first started helping out at the tefillin stand. He is doing such a beautiful job now. Whenever he comes to the Kotel for mincha (afternoon prayers), he spends time trying to encourage Jews to put on tefillin.

     The other day, I watched him talking to this tourist in the picture. After a while he finally succeeded, and got the tourist to put on tefillin. He sent him to the Kotel to pray, and I heard him say to himself, “Never had a feeling like that before!”

     I am used to hearing our “customers” saying something like that, but this is the first time I ever heard one of the helpers say it. I asked him what happened.

     “He wouldn’t put them on,” Yitzy said. “He had never put them on before in his whole life, but no matter what I said he wouldn’t do it. I told him how important it was, but he wouldn’t listen. Then I said, ‘Look, do it just for me. Do me a special favor,’ and he gave in! I never felt like this before. It feels so special to be able to help a Jew like that,” he said, gently rubbing his chest, looking up, wondering where that feeling was coming from.

     I’ll tell you where that feeling was coming from. I could see in his face that he was feeling spiritual love. That special feeling was coming from his fulfilling the mitzvah of loving your fellow Jew. And everyone knows that when you give love, you feel love.

     “One ought to know the route to the supernal chambers, though this is not the main thing. All you need to know is the main thing, to help your fellow with a complete heart and with sensitivity, to take pleasure in doing another person a favor.” -- Rebbe Maharash, 4th Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch

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