by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
“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.”
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