Thursday, October 31, 2013

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“That Wall Changed My Life”

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

image004     He is from Indiana. Although he is not religious, he sent his young children to religious day schools. He was visiting his daughter who is studying in a seminary here in Jerusalem. As he read the Shema be began to cry. He took a long time to read it, and fought to hold back tears the entire time. When he finished he told me, “That Wall changed my life. I was really into the Sixties. I was a musician getting stoned all the time. My father came to Jerusalem, and put a note in that Wall asking that I would change my life. I don’t know why, but I changed. I went to school and became an orthodontist.”

     I showed him how to pray for his family, and again he cried. When he finished he said, “That experience changed my life.” I asked him how. He said, “It made my connection to G-d real.” When I asked him, “Then, what are you going to do differently now?”

     He answered, “I am going to love my family more, and my patients, and everyone I know.”

     He wrote me later thanking me again. When you help someone to do a mitzvah it is essential to not only introduce him or her to the physical aspect of the mitzvah i.e., the candles, or the tefillin, but you must also introduce them to the spiritual aspect of the mitzvah i.e., what happens when you take advantage of the spiritual opening that Hashem gives to the person when he fulfills His commandment. It is the spiritual side of the mitzvah that will bring them home, not the physical side.

He wrote:

     Thank you soooo much for everything, including the 3 pictures.  You were inspirational.  That was one of the most intense experiences of my life.  I have been to Israel 6 times, and to the wall numerous times on each visit.  Never have I experienced such intense emotion.  My (deceased) father was there with me the whole time.  I followed your advice and pictured in my mind those who love me with smiles on their faces.  My daughter was radiating yellow.  All of my family members, dead and alive, were there in physical form.  I cannot explain it.  It was so real.  My best friend was there as well.  I cannot put into words what happened to me.  I was totally unprepared for this. I told my daughter to wait for me, I'd only be a few minutes.  I think the Israeli Army's ceremony {in the Kotel Plaza} had Hashem's presence as they are the protectors of Eretz Yisrael.  I just don't know.  My daughter told me that ever since she has arrived in Jerusalem she has felt my father at her side.  I felt a connection with all of Israel from the time of Avraham.  I will never forget this experience.  I will have these photographs printed and put them on the wall of my home.  No one but you will ever know what I experienced.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Baruch ben Moshe

He wrote again:

     Just spent an amazing Shabbat in Tsfat.  Going to buy tefillin today and will begin studying Tenach when I return home.  My daughter is putting me in touch with a Rabbi at home for study.  Thanks again!!

Gutman’s response:

Remember, after fulfilling a mitzvah, to share that newly received holiness with your loved ones. Picture the good things that you want to bring into the world.

Be well.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Baruch HaShem...Rabbi Gutman... All of your stories are just so inspirational to all of us... all the way across the world they're reaching!! You're doing such a Wonderful Mitzvah for HaShem and inspiring the whole world who reads your blog... Thank you very much.

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