by Reb Gutman Locks
When you do something good, you do it just because it is good to do. Then, you stand back and see if anything happens, or you go on to your next opportunity. A lot of times you plant seeds and there is no way to know what is going to grow…if anything. But you keep on going because you know it is the right thing to do.
Every year, I tell at least a few hundred young Jews that they have to marry Jews. In English, in Spanish, even in Russian…“You have to marry a Jewish girl.” I stop them on the street in the Old City, or at the Kotel, and I tell them if they don’t marry a Jew their mother will break both their legs. They almost always laugh, and I move on. I must seem to be an unusual character to them (to say the least), but this helps to make what I say stick. If they listen or not, that’s up to them, but at least they have been informed of the importance of marrying a Jew.
Then, every once in a while, someone will come up to me and say something like, “You won’t remember me, but ten years ago you put tefillin on me at the Kotel and showed me how to pray for my family. I want you to know that I have been doing it every day since.”
A few days ago, the fellow pictured here told me, “Last year I came with a group of young Jews from America, and you told them how important it is for them to marry Jews. Four of the boys were in serious relationships with non Jewish girls. When they went back to America, three of the four boys broke off with their girlfriends. I don’t know what happened to the fourth. He might have broken it off too, but I only heard about those three.”
To try to do something good is a blessing in of itself. To find out that you actually succeeded, is an even greater blessing.
To be blessed is a sign of love. For it to be made known to you that you have been blessed is an even greater sign of His love.[i]
[i] Ethics of the Fathers 3:14