Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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A Typical Secular Israeli


A Typical Secular Israeli

by Reb Gutman Locks


     I called out, “Come put on tefillin.”

     “No way!” was his reply.

     He walked around the Kotel area, and then, when he came close by, I called again, “Come, you didn’t come all this way to look at the stones. Come put on tefillin. You’ll have a good time.”

     Nope. Didn’t budge.

     A few minutes later as he was walking out I tried again. With a big smile I called out, “Chabibalah” (Sweetie pie) come do a mitzvah.

     He looked at me, smiled, and said, “Okay, I’ll do it for you.”

     After he read the Shema, I told him that the door to Heaven was open for him, “Pray for everything you want. You did a great thing just now and Hashem is listening.”

     He prayed for a brief moment and then turned for me to take off the tefillin.

     I asked, “Did you pray for everything that you need?”

     “I prayed for everyone,” he said, as he moved his arms in a large circle.

     I asked, “What about all of your needs.”

     “We are all one,” he answered.

     Here is a guy who hasn’t put on tefillin since his bar mitzvah 36 years ago. As far as I know he is totally secular, but still, he has it in his heart to pray for all of us, and he knows that we are all one. A typical secular Israeli.




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