by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
(at the Kotel, 5:30 am)
One of the four most important days in a Jewish man’s life is his Bar Mitzvah. At 13 years of age, G-d will say to the boy, “You are old enough now to be responsible for My mitzvahs.” Pictured here is a father watching his son put on tefillin for the first time in preparation for the big day.
His next big day will come some 6 years later when his parents find the proper young woman for him. G-d will then say to him, “Be fruitful and multiply,” and he and his kallah (bride) will merge into one being…, and he will move into the next stage of his life. Pictured here is a ‘chatan (bridegroom) wearing his spodik (fur hat) for the first time, the morning before his wedding.
The other two most important days are the day of his bris milah (circumcision) when he receives his name, and the day of his passing when he moves into the next world to receive his reward for all of the good that he was able to do.
Jewish life cycles… around and around…
“How goodly are your tents O Yaakov, your dwelling places, O Israel!”[i]
[i] Numbers 24.5