Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Twin Bar Mitzvahs

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths

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     Most Jewish men who are accustomed to wearing shtreimels (fur hats) begin at marriage. There are a few groups that begin when they are bar mitzvah’ed.

1 comments:

Schvach said...

Reb Locks: I enjoyed listening to a repeat of your 2006 interview with Tamar Yonah on Arutz Sheva. Here is a tefillin story of my own:

I know nothing about meditation. I've attended 'services' at various Chabad Houses over the course of the past 22 years, as well as having taken a 'yeshivacation' at the yeshiva in Morristown, NJ. Well, back in the'old days' (1st half of the 1990's), I reported to several of the men in attendance at the local Chabad shul that on some occasions, while putting on my shel rosh tefillin, I would experience a wave of relaxation propagate from my head downward to my feet. The sensation was quite dramatic. Word evidently got around, because the Chabad schliach who sold me my tefillin began to chok mir in chinik about 'returning’ the tefillin to him. One day, following our post-shachris seudah, he stopped his campaign. The next morning, when I removed 'my' tefillin from their bag to daven, I discovered that the tefillin had been switched. Mine had been replaced with another pair. When originally reporting my experience with my shel rosh tefillin, I should have included the fact that I had also had the same experience, on occasion, when picking up a copy of 'Tehillas HaShem' to daven Mincha, as well as on one occasion when I simply thought of putting on tefillin while I watched TV.

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