Sunday, December 25, 2016

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Michael

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     Michael

     Michael's father moved from Poland to the UK (England) in 1905. Michael was born some 30 years later. He is 81 years old. He is a retired Journalist. He told me that he remembers the German planes flying overhead on their way to drop their bombs.

     He had never put on tefillin before.

     He lives in a retirement center. I asked him if he had a mezuzah on his door. He said that there are so many people at his home of different religions so he would not be able to put one up. I asked if he had his own room.

     He answered that he has his own apartment. "Then surely you can put up at least one mezuzah on your apartment door. Just make sure that you have an orthodox rabbi help you to buy it and to put it up."

     I had some ten or fifteen minutes with Michael, but within those few minutes he put on tefillin for the first time in his life, spoke to Hashem in his heart, and he said that he would put up at least one mezuzah on his apartment.

     Granted we at the Kotel have it a lot easier than you do in bringing Jews to mitzvahs since they come to the Kotel with at least some idea that there is a Torah. But the problem is that the vast majority of Jews you meet throughout your day will most likely not come to the Kotel any time soon… so it's up to you. You have to help them.

     Remember, there is no better way to pick yourself up than to pick up another Jew. 

    

1 comments:

LondonMale said...

Thank you for posting Rav Gutman.

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