Friday, February 08, 2013

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Insanity?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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A viewer left this comment by my video about Chabad: A Message to Chabad

     “And in all these years of helping Jews, has intermarriage gotten less, have more families enrolled their kids in yeshiva, has anything positive come out of all your efforts? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Gutman’s response:

     Albert Einstein is the one who coined the definition of insanity as trying something that didn’t work the first time, a second time. But Einstein, the genius that he was, didn’t have a Personal Computer. When something doesn’t work I hit the same button again, and sometimes it does work the second time. It’s a different world now. We reach out to everyone we meet. Sometimes we succeed, many times we don’t. But you know what? You save one person’s life, and you are credited with saving the entire world.

     Here is a good example:

I was walking into the Kotel (Western Wall in the Old City, Jerusalem) area late Shabbos afternoon when a Jewish man walked up to me and said, “I knew I would see you here.”

     He shook my hand so hard that I had to yell at him not to break it.

    He took me by the arm and moved me over to the side of the entrance. He said, “This is confidential.[i] I used to live in Asia. I was dating an Asian girl when I saw your video, ‘Jews Should Marry Jews.’ I immediately called her up and broke it off. I moved here, (Israel) made aliyah, (became an Israeli citizen) and am now in ulpan (full time Hebrew studies). Thank you very much.”

     I hit him on his arm and said, “You are a holy person. You heard the truth and you did not reject it. Good for you!”

     It is a blessing to help someone, and it is an additional blessing to find out that you helped him. Whenever I hear these stories I marvel at the wonder of the internet. No one I know of would have been able it into get it into this Jew’s head that Jews are supposed to marry Jews, but YouTube got in.

     A lot of religious people condemn the internet, and I understand why. But the people I am trying to reach use it, and they do not buy religious books, certainly not Jewish religious books. So thank G-d for YouTube and KosherTube and all of the other tubes that let me get good Jewish ideas into their heads.


[i] Since I do not identify the man I have not gone against his wish for confidentiality.

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