Friday, June 15, 2012

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Even From the Farthest Corners of the Heavens…

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     “If your outcasts be at the utmost parts of the Heaven, from there He will fetch you and Hashem will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will do you good…”[ii]

     These Jews are from India. They have just come to live in Israel. It was the first time he had ever put on tefillin. He told me their history. Some 2,100 years ago their ancestors sailed from Israel to India. [This was approximately 170 years before the destruction of the Second Temple.] A storm destroyed their ship and only 7 families survived. They stayed together and did not intermarry.

     “If someone would marry a ch-ristian or a Hindu we would not allow our children to marry with their children. We lost almost all of our Jewish tradition, but we kept Shabbos. The Jewish DNA test found us to be from the tribe of Moses.”

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     When I first saw the boy I thought that he was an African-American. I asked him why he was wearing a Jewish star. He answered me in Hebrew saying that he was a Jew and that he was living in Israel. I was surprised, and asked him his history.

     The older, darker man walked up and the boy told me that he was his father. The father was born and raised in Brazil. He is not Jewish, but he married a Jewish woman who was praying on the women’s side of the Kotel. As you can see, he was very happy that his son was putting on tefillin for the first time.

    Jewish souls are coming into the world any way possible so they will be able to come home and witness that G-d keeps His word.

     “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.”[iii]


[ii] Deuteronomy 30:4

[iii] Jeremiah 31:10  

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such an inspiring and EXHILERATING blogspot, Reb Gutman Locks. Thank you .... for the whole world to be able to read!

HaShem is doing most wonderful Works. Baruch HaShem!!

angela

Leah said...

My father was not a Jew. I became frum when I turned 25 and married my husband. Over the course of many years, my father became a Ben Noach and it was found that his last name (my maiden name) was mostly found in Spain. It is believed that although my family is from Greece (Paradisio, Rhodos (Rhodes), it may have been that they sailed from Spain to Greece a while back. We think that maybe they may have left Spain during the inquisition. His sisters had visited Greece several times and had looked into information on the family and the name etc...
My father passed away in 2010 and I believe that it may have been a final rectification for his neshama at The End of Days to complete a full cycle.....

Dov Bar-Leib said...

Dear Leah, the full End of Days rectification for the horror that struck the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the 15th Century will be the coming total Financial and Cultural collapse of Civilization in both Spain and Portugal. My sister is in Spain right now because her husband works for the American Navy there. I wish she would leave because the final judgement on two of history's most evil countries is about to commence. It is best to get out while it is still possible. The only thing that might keep this crushing judgement at bay is the sheer number of Marranoes who still live there with their mothers lighting Friday night candles as a secret tradition for hundreds of years. The quicker we can get them out, the more quickly G-d can turn off the lights in those miserable places. I am fully convinced that the Spanish and the Portuguese would have been better human beings if they had remained pagans rather than becoming Roman Catholics.

Dov Bar-Leib said...

On the side of life and Jewish continuity: 5.931 million Jews and counting...72 1/2 years after the beginning of the Shoah. from the four corners of the earth. Now we just need a mighty blast from Hashem's nostrils to renew our spirit from the four corners of Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Reb Gutman Locks,
This is a lovely story. However, I can't help but be troubled by what you assumed about this boy. It's understandable that you assumed based on his outward physical appearance that he was African-American, but why would you ask him 'why he was wearing a Jewish star' ?
Why would you assume he's not Jewish...at the Kotel of all places?

I hope that the next time you, me, and all of us are presented with a similar situation, we will learn from this encounter and remember to judge every person on the Caf Z'chut

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