Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Helping a Jew

  by Reb Gutman Locks

 

     Sometimes, when I am putting tefillin on someone it can get a little confusing. For a moment, when I am wrapping the strap around his hand it can seem as if I am wrapping the strap around my own hand.

     Or, if it is a young Jewish soldier, especially like the one in the picture here who came from another country just to volunteer to help Jews live safely in our Land, well, it can get emotional, too.

     I've been doing it so long that I can push the emotions away and keep on wrapping the tefillin, but sometimes it can get pretty strong. Like, if their sleeve is too tight and I have push it all the way up their arm. Sometimes I have to put their wrist under my arm and hold it tightly against my side to hold his arm while I push the sleeve up. I'm not a hugger, not at all, and I am not squeezing his lower arm with my arm to hug the guy, just to be able to push his sleeve up. But still it brings us even closer.

     What's the point of all this. When you help another Jew to do a mitzvah there is physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth, not just for the guy you are helping, but for you, too.

 

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