Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Ministering at the Kotel

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths

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      This group of x-ians is from various places in Europe. When they saw me putting tefillin on someone they came over and asked about them. I answered their question, and then quickly switched the subject to the prohibition against idolatry. Whereas tefillin are only for Jews, the prohibition against idolatry is for everyone.

     I used my familiar, “Is G-d in the heart of the Devil?” story. They did not know what to think, and were very relieved when their minister came up and joined the conversation. They said, “Ask him. He knows.”

     With a little bit of encouragement the minister got the answer right, since G-d is infinite, He must be everywhere. I then explain, (to most x-ians’ total dismay) that their book teaches that yashka was resurrected, and after three days he was not in the grave. And then with a nice smile I say, “If he isn’t in the grave, he isn’t everywhere. Don’t worship him!”

     They usually back away at that point but this time they didn’t so I checked to see if any of them had a Jewish mother. It sometimes happens that a Jew is discovered buried in the middle of religious x-ristians. Guess what? When I asked, “Does anyone have a Jewish mother, the minister raised his hand and said, “A Jewish mother and a Jewish father.”

     I told him that we had to take his Jewish blood pressure, and quickly put tefillin on him. I gave him the shema to read in English, and had him read it out loud to the group. That’s the picture above; a Jewish, x-ian minister wearing tefillin for the first time in his life, reading from the Five Books of Moshe to a group of gentile x-ians whom he brought on a trip to the Holy Land to see where yashka is said to have been. As you can see, they were a “little” confused.

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