Thursday, July 24, 2014

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It Feels So Good


It Feels So Good

 by Reb Gutman Locks


     He did not want to put on tefillin, but he was so soft that I could pull him in anyway. He is from Brazil and had never put on tefillin before. His family moved there from Poland before he was born.

     After he read the Shema in English, I showed him how to pray for his family and for the Jews in danger from the current war. He stood there praying for a very long time, and then he waited there even longer just looking at the Kotel and what was happening. When he finished he turned to me, rubbed his chest and stomach and warmly said, "It feels so good inside!"

     And this is how we should all feel when we do a mitzvah. If you do not feel good, if you do not experience a warm sense of joy when you do a mitzvah, you did not pay attention. Hashem gave us His Torah to take away our burdens, not to increase them.

 

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