at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths
He tried to hand me 20 shekels as he walked by. Instead of taking it, I asked him if he had put on tefillin. He laughed, and tried to force the money into my hand. “But did you put on tefillin today?” I asked again.
He laughed and tried to give me the money again (and avoid tefillin).
I grabbed him, hugged him tightly around his shoulders, and said, “I don’t want your money…. I want YOU!” I pulled him. He laughed and gave up. I started to help him, but he knew how to put them on by himself.
I said, “You know how to put on tefillin!”
“That’s the problem,” he said, meaning that since he knows how to do it he surely should be putting them on every day.
He read the shema and prayed nicely for his family. You could see that he was happy that he did the mitzvah. Oh, as he left he gave me the 20 shekels for the tefillin stand, so I got both him, and his money!