Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Sammy Saves a Jew

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     Sammy has been learning in Jerusalem for the past year, and is about to return to America to move on in life. He felt to come to the Kotel to see if he could help a fellow Jew to do a mitzvah as a way of saying “good-bye.”

     Sammy is a friend of mine. I am the one who first encouraged him to try to help others to put on tefillin. He has only tried a few times and those few times that he came to help he did a better job of talking to the visitors than actually putting tefillin on them, but this time he was determined to not only bring a Jew in, but to also put tefillin on him.

     He was standing there for only a few minutes when his “customer” arrived. The visitor was from Holland, 44 years old, and had never put on tefillin before. Sammy talked him into putting on tefillin, and then physically put the tefillin on him. Not only that, but he did such a nice job of helping him, that when he finished, the visitor asked for instructions how to buy a pair of tefillin. Sammy showed him how to do the mitzvah in such a special way that he had a very good time, and he wanted to do the mitzvah every day.

     I do not know if you can tell from the picture, but as happy as the tourist was, Sammy was even happier. What a nice way to say “Thank you and see you later,” to the Kotel.

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