at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths
The young man wearing tefillin walked into the Kotel thinking that he was not Jewish, and the young man without tefillin walked in thinking that he was Jewish. They were both wrong.
The boy with tefillin was told by his mother that she was a Jew. I explained to him that this means that he is a Jew, and that he could put on tefillin, and that he had to marry a Jewish girl. He was very happy.
The boy without tefillin has a Jewish father. The boy converted to Judaism, but it was a Reform conversion. I explained that we discourage people from converting to Judaism. But, if their father is Jewish, then, for the father’s sake, we do not discourage them from converting. I told him how to follow up on his desire and to have a Kosher (Orthodox) conversion. I also told him that I would wait at the Kotel for him to come back after his proper conversion and put on tefillin.