by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
I hope you remember me. I was by your house for many Shabbos and Pesach this past year. So many times I listened to you speak about the One, and our Job to help the rest of the Jewish people and world do Mitzvahs and to Always Be B'Simcha (with spiritual joy).
Over here in Teaneck I'm living in the home of my less observant parents. Today, two days before Rosh Hashana I woke up late past the minyan (quorum) and I almost thought ‘what’s the point of putting on my tefillin and davening (pray) now....’ Just then I remembered that was a test from the Yetzer Hara (evil inclination) and how happy mitzvahs make me! I jumped up and ran to wrap ‘em!
Just after I finished davening I meditated on that thought. "How happy doing mitzvahs makes me," and then how everything is one, including everyone, even my own father. As well as how we are supposed to help everyone do mitzvahs. And finally, ‘how happy I am while in the middle of doing this mitzvah.’ I wanted to share this simcha (joy) with my dad and I asked him if he would put on tefillin. He immediately agreed and then told me the last time he remembers putting them on was just after my brother’s wedding 7 years ago!
I was shocked that all I had to do was ask! After he finished the Shema we both had big grins on our faces and I asked him if I could take a picture with him because he had such a genuine smile on, and he said “Sure” ^_^ I feel so great right now and I thought it would also bring you simcha to hear such great news! Shanna Tova! Gmar Chatima Tova!
Sincerely with a Smile,