Sunday, April 01, 2012

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Ben

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     Ben is a very nice teen from America. I was surprised that he knew the beginning of the blessing that we say before doing a mitzvah. I asked him if he had ever put on tefillin. He had never even seen them before. “So how did you know that much of the blessing?” I asked.

     He said that he learned it in shul (synagogue). “How can you go to shul and never have seen tefillin?” I asked.

     I told him how to pray for his family, and sent him to the Kotel. As soon as he began, he started to cry. He stood there some 5 minutes praying for his loved ones, and crying.

     What a waste for this boy not to have been introduced to tefillin before, and thank G-d that someone was there to help him when he came to the Kotel. He was so ready.

     The Jewish soul that resides within and enlivens each of us, can sit there an entire lifetime without ever showing itself to the Jew! Then, thank G-d, something can happen that sends the Jew on his lifelong journey, searching for his own Being.

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