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.