Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Are You Alright?


   by Reb Gutman Locks  

 

     Robert is from Oregon. He is in his late Seventies, a retired bankruptcy lawyer, and very stubborn. He strongly refused to put on tefillin. Both Shmuli and I worked on him, but he refused over and over again.

     Finally, Shmuli just pulled his arm out and I slid the tefillin up onto his arm. He stopped arguing and followed the instructions.

    When he finished, I showed him how to pray for his family and the important things in his life. He closed his eyes and stood there for the longest time. He was so focused on his prayers that I did not want to disturb him, not even to tell him that it would be better to face the Kotel.

     After at least five minutes his friend walked over and asked him if he was alright.

     I yelled at the friend, "Leave him alone, he's praying!"

     His friend said, "I'm sorry, but I never saw him like that before."

     Robert went back to talking to Hashem in his heart. When he finally finished, he thanked me.

     When I took his picture, I told him, "Next time don't be so stubborn. When someone invites you to do a mitzvah, cooperate. You'll have a good time.


 

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