Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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"You Changed My Life"

 

by Reb Gutman Locks

“You Changed My Life”

       Ari came up to me at the Kotel a few hours before dawn this morning and said, “You changed my life. I want to thank you. Three years ago you put tefillin on me for the first time in my life, and you talked to me. It changed my life. I am here for the year in the yeshiva because of you. It’s been rough. There have been ups and downs, but it certainly is worth it.”

     How can one time, even the first time, of putting on tefillin have such a strong influence on a Jew’s life? When you help a Jew to put on tefillin (or help them with any mitzvah) you have to do more than merely wrap tefillin on them and have them read the Shema. You have to learn how to open their hearts, and have them begin to think of life’s spiritual opportunity, and what they are doing with that opportunity.

     My suggestion is, see what spiritual ideas excite your thinking when you do a mitzvah, and try to give them over to the people you help. Maybe just the physical mitzvah is enough to sustain someone who has been raised with the mitzvahs in their life, but it is not enough to bring someone in. Beginners need to see some light to show them that the mitzvahs are worthwhile.

 

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