at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths
Dr. Gerald is a lung specialist from Silver Springs, Maryland. He came to Israel to attend a conference on the latest developments in his field of medicine. When he walked into the Kotel area one of the men from the tefillin stand asked him to put on tefillin. He refused, and rushed away saying, “I am not a very good Jew.”
When he was on his way out I went over to him and said, “You are not allowed to say bad things about a Jew, not even about yourself. You are not a bad Jew, it’s just that you have not been taught about these things. Come, put on tefillin. I’ll help you. It will only take a minute. You’ll have a good time.” I gently pulled him over and put tefillin on him.
“What are these?” he asked. I checked again to make sure that his mother was Jewish. How is it possible that a grey-haired doctor from the Washington D.C. area could live his life without ever having seen tefillin? Someone out there is not doing their best to reach the Jews in their neighborhood.
He is really a spiritual person. He took a very long time with his eyes closed praying for the people he loves, and for his patients, too. And, as you see, he had a great time.