at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths
Shmuli put tefillin on this Jew from Norway for the first time in his life. He is 66 years old. Besides the obvious question, “Why hadn’t he put them on before?” You could ask why did he finally do it today? Surely Shmuli had everything to do with it, but still, you could ask, “Why today?”
I know why. Well, at least I know one of the probably many reasons why he put them on today. It was because of my finger. You see, for the past few months one of my fingers on my right hand has been hurting me. It only hurts when I shake hands with some big friendly guy who thinks that he has to really squeeze my hand to show that he loves me.
I was told to soak it in warm salt water for some 20 minutes a day, which I have been doing. But it didn’t seem to help. Just today I was thinking that I should ask a doctor if I have to keep doing it because it is not helping.
Now back to our Norwegian Jew. After Shmuli finished helping him I started talking to him. “What do you do?” …Turns out that he is a doctor. “What is your specialty?” Geriatrics (old folks) Hey, that’s me. Well that’s what they say I am, even though I still feel like a 40-year-old. I asked him about soaking my finger. He said that soaking it wouldn’t help, but to move it a lot will help.
“Hey, thank you doctor, and thank you Hashem for sending me the messenger I was looking for, and so quick, too.”