Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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A Message from your Mother

   by Reb Gutman Locks
    

A Message from your Mother

 

      I was in a hurry to get to the store and back in time for Mincha but I couldn't resist stopping to give a 30-second Jewish-Survival class to a couple of Birthright boys. A large group of Birthright kids were waiting in the Rova (Quarter) Square for their tour to continue. I picked one who really looked Jewish.

 "Where're you from?"

"America."

"Where in America?"

"San Diego."

"Torrey Pines?"

His mouth dropped open.

"Yeah!" With a look of, "How'd you know?"

He didn't know that Torrey Pines is the only place in San Diego I remember.

"Your mother gave me a message for you."

His mouth dropped open even wider... wondering, "Is this guy for real?"

Pointing and waving my finger at him, with a loud voice I said, "She said that you better marry a Jewish girl or she's going to break both your legs!"

They both cracked up laughing loudly.

"I will!"

And I walked on to the store without looking back.

     Now, what do you think happened? They were not used to such an unusual thing as a grey bearded religious looking Jewish man jumping into their conversation to warn them that they have to marry Jewish girls. I guess most people aren't. But I've found that these encounters are surprisingly effective. I have heard from some of my "customers" many years later that for some reason, "It got to me."

     They learned that marrying a Jew is the most important thing in the world, at least to this "old guy" it was, or else he would have yelled about something else.

 


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

May you continue for many years to give good advice and tizke to many mitzvot!

Anonymous said...

"Word that come from the heart, enter the heart".

I suppose that means, words spoken with sincerity.

VeHaMaaseh Hi HaIkar. Rabbi Guttman, you ave a way

with words. Words that convince. Because the Pintele

Yid within one's heart refuses to 'die'. Baruch Hashem

you have a special gift from Above in saying the right

thing at the right time. "When Less is More" - simply,

sincerely and straight to the point. Kol HaKavod, Sir!

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