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Thursday, August 22, 2019

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I Like This


  By Reb Gutman Locks   


I Like This

 

     I send out my three short weekly articles to a blog, a mailing list, and to Facebook.    

    Facebook just told me:

Gutman, your posts have been liked 50,000 times by your friends!

That's 50,000 times you made someone smile.

     I like this.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Mystical Paths joins #AntiRa

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

(Press Release)

Jerusalem, Israel:  The famous Mystical Paths weblog, beloved around the world as a source of positive Jewish oriented inspiration and spirituality, today announces they are joining the #AntiRa movement.

#AntiRa is the Anti-Racism movement started by Scott Adams and inspired by (antifa) as a decentralised leadership-less radical movement.

As self proclaimed #AntiRa'ers, anyone who makes any statements against Mystical Paths is automatically classified as racist and anti-semitic.

We note this most definitely includes U.S. congresswoman Illan Omar of Minnesota as well as U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan (who apparently represents the U.S. congressional district of Palestine).

The modern State of Israel, for those unaware, includes Jewish citizens from 63 countries, as well as a fair percentage of Arab, Bedouin, Druze, Christian, Muslim, and even a few Bahai citizens.  The Jewish citizens include Jews who returned to their homeland from Ethiopia, Syria, Iran, India, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as Europe.  The average skin melanin level in Israel is not "white".

ALL CITIZENS and residents of the modern State of Israel have equal rights with no restrictions - with one exception, the Arab, Bedouin, and Druze citizens have the option of performing mandatory military service instead of the obligation that the Jewish citizens have.  In case that's not clear, the non-Jewish citizens of Israel have a citizenship advantage.

The racism and anti-semitism of congresswomen Omar and Tlaib comes in the demand and expectation that non-citizens and non-residents in disputed territory claimed by NO NATION should have the rights of the citizens of the State of Israel.  This is equivalent of saying that the people of Mexico should all have complete access to U.S. schools, hospitals, jobs, and government benefits by virtue of being in adjacent land.  And that's just stupid.

(It's also worth noting that Gaza is also adjacent to Egypt, which is also not providing access to the Gazans nor even providing a gateway in and out for people or imports.)

The racist and anti-semitic congresswomen seem to think Israel should provide free benefits for people who don't even live in Israel!  Bizarre...or evil?  You decide.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Crying


   By Reb Gutman Locks   
        Crying

 

     He's a really great kid. He helped me to bring his father over so he would put on tefillin, and when I asked him, "Where is G-d?" he answered right away, "Everywhere!"   

     Then, when I told them how to stand by the Kotel and talk to G-d in their hearts, to pray for their loved ones and for those they know who are in need, the boy came back unable to stop crying. These were not tears of sadness. They were tears of being overwhelmed, tears of humility, tears that can come when you realize Hashem is right here listening to our prayers.

     A great kid.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

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How Do Gurus Do Miracles?



by Reb GutmanLocks at Mystical Paths


-How
Do Gurus Do Miracles?





     Do the gurus in India
really do those miracles, or are they merely fooling the people around them? Is
it possible to do such miracles today? If those wonders are real, do they show
that those gurus are holy, righteous, teachers who should be followed?
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

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Meditation on our soul's Divine connection

by Lazar at Mystical Paths
 

Meditation on our soul's Divine connection


The אור אין סוף connects our souls to the Infinite Creator of All. 

In a world with so much darkness, this Divine Light is the holy connection we can attach ourselves to, filling our world with Light. 

This meditation guides the listener towards a deep connection with this Light and towards uncovering its secrets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdLSgGzN57g&feature=youtu.be

Lazar can be reached via email: guidedjewishmeditation@gmail.com

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Optimistic People


   by Reb Gutman Locks

Optimistic People

 

     It is well known that optimistic people live longer, healthier, and happier lives than pessimistic people. Optimistic people, even without knowing it, are following the ancient, wise Yiddish teaching, "Think good and it will be good."

     Now, they have found another very good reason to be optimistic. Not only do optimistic people have happy days, we also have restful nights. This new long-time study showed that optimistic people are better sleepers. According to this study the key to a better night's sleep is looking at the positive side of life.

    Always, there will be positive things going on in your life, and there will be negative things going on in your life. Depending on which ones you focus on, that will determine the kind of life you live.

     Thank G-d, really, that we can choose to be happy.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Work?


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     Work!

 

Hello Gutman,

       I am married now, Thank G-d! I find myself working towards a degree in Computer Security. However...

     I don't like working in computers, but it will make enough money for the high cost of Jewish living in Chicago with a family. 

     I feel resentment to work in a field I don't enjoy just to make enough money to live a "normal" life. Perhaps, I can move into another field down the road like Accounting which is rather dull.

     I really want to become a Rabbi and achieve a meaningful life. I want to affect peoples' lives positively every day (to feel good/positive) I don't want to sit in an office all day. But this seems like the reality. 

     I don't know what to do... Any thoughts?

Best,

Yoel

 

Gutman's reply:

Shalom Joel,

     If you go to work just for the money you will become enslaved by the work. You will become miserable. This is what happened to the Jews who went into Egypt and this is why that story is in the Torah. To teach us this lesson.

     But if you go to that same job not for the money, but to be able to support a Jewish family, then that same job becomes a holy job and you will not become enslaved. That job allows you to fulfill the mitzvah of raising a Jewish family. It is an amazing blessing.

     As for satisfying your desire to help Jews in a meaningful way, you can still do that by devoting certain hours of the week, such as Friday afternoons to go out and help Jews to put on tefillin. Having Shabbos guests. Giving a class on the parsha (weekly Torah portion) once a week. On and on there are many ways to reach out to the Jews who need your help.

    This way you will have the best of both possible worlds.

    Thank G-d all day long that He has blessed you with your health, your family, and with a way to support them, too.

Thank G-d, really.

G

 

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Monday, August 12, 2019

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Do or Do Not, do not just contemplate

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Reb Aharon Rubin commented:

I heard in the name of the Ben Ish Chai [apparently from his sefer Benoyohu - but could't find it there] - why does the person who was afflicted w/ tsora'ath bring two birds, one shechted and one let go? The schechted bird is a kapora on the person having spoken loshon hora. The live bird is for the good words, of encouragement, friendship etc, that he should have spoken. For that, simple shechting does not suffice. One needs to go out and actively speak ....
A famous non-Jewish cultural reference says "do or do not, there is no try", but we say "DO, it is neither enough to just learn or contemplate, nor to avoid because the task seems too large.  A mitzvah must be done."


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Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Destruction and... Redemption? Tisha b'Av

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

This morning I watched live as a large crowd of Jews pushed through the police in Israel to be able to enter the (permitted) areas of the Temple Mount to show Hashem their desire for the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash (the Holy Jewish Temple).

They had to push through the police because today was also a muslim holiday, and since the Jews generally follow law and order and the muslims often riot, the Israeli government usually goes with the "most orderly - least likely to end in bloodshed" which means giving in to the muslim position since it is always the greater threat.



Unfortunately, the muslims decided to celebrate their holiday by violently attacking the Israeli security personnel.  And since in the past these have escalated to the muslims throwing boulders off the mount at the Jewish Western Wall - which was packed with tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers - the security authorities had no choice but to do their thing, strongly.  Which is exactly what the muslims actually wanted as their holiday gift: pictures and video of Israeli security authorities forcefully stopping a riot, with associated injured and bloodied people (though there were a few great pictures of the arabs setting up "pre-injured - pre-bloodied" people to send into the situation for faux-tography.

After the muslim rioters were pushed back, the Jewish worshippers pushed their way through the barred gates.  (I see the news reports officially say "ban on Jewish worshippers recinded after the muslim riots and the closing of the mosques [due to the riots]", but having watched a live stream I believe this is just a face saving statement.)

For a rare change, and given their numbers, the Jewish worshippers were actively praying, an activity normally forbidden to the Jews when they visit the Temple Mount "to avoid inflaming muslim passions and thereby effectively an incitement to riot".

Do you see the theme here?  The muslims riot, or threaten to riot, or threaten to inflame world muslim passions, and thereby deny the Jews the basic rights to visit holy sites and to pray.

I heard one of the Jews who was streaming make the following statement: "For 9 years I mourned the Holy Temple and prayed on Tisha B'Av in New York, and made no difference (in olam ha'ze).  Today I pushed onto the Temple Mount with other Jews and helped make it possible for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av."

We must learn and we must pray, but we must also DO.  Just as there would be no synagogue if some people didn't reach forward and make an effort to build one, and no yeshiva if people didn't work hard to build one, there would be no Jewish cities in the Land of Israel if Jews didn't come, stand, build and return it to the Jewish people.  And as much as Israel is G-d's gift to the Jews, He also required the Jews to work it - manna never fell from Heaven in Israel.

If we want a Beis HaMikdash, WE have to do our part.
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Thursday, August 08, 2019

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The One Jew


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     The One Jew

 

     This week's Torah portion, Devarim, has one of the most important teachings in the entire Torah. It is not just an important law, or something that happened to us at that time. It is so important because it defines what we actually are. This teaching is not stated just one time but is taught there over and over.

     Moshe our Teacher is about to leave the world. The Jewish people are standing before him prepared to enter the Holy Land that Hashem promised to give to us way back in the days of our forefathers. But Moshe wasn't just saying goodbye. He was reviewing all that we did from the time we left Egypt until that day when at last we were ready to enter the Holy Land.

     He didn't sound so happy about us either: "Because you complained, and you rebelled, and you refused, (and on and on), we had to wander in the wilderness these forty years. Because you murmured in your tents, and…" on and on he reminded us of all those negative things we did.

     But wait a minute. Who was Moshe talking to? The Jews standing there before Moshe being reprimanded were either very small children, or not even in the world yet when those negative things happened! So how could Moshe blame us for what they did?

     The same way I just wrote that he blamed us when you and I weren't even in the world back then,… or were we?

     The point is, the Jewish people are one. We are, and have always been judged as a single unit, both by Hashem, and certainly by our most hateful enemies. Whatever any Jew in the world did then, or does today, you and I receive some of the credit or some of the blame. It has always been this way.

     And this is perhaps the best reason for us to be concerned with each other's well-being. This is why Jews must reach out to help each other physically and even more so, spiritually. It not only helps them; it helps all of us.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

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Adam Asked


   by Reb Gutman Locks
      Adam Asked

 

      Commenting on my latest video The Best Jewish Fast  

Adam wrote:

     "Thank you, Rabbi Gutman

Find it very hard to believe.

Because since thousands of years we have heard same old, same old: Moshiach supposed to come any second.

Objective Fact is: there is none in sight. If you meet him, Let me know.

So how are you able to believe? 

Adam 

 

Gutman's reply:

     You do believe that it could happen, right? That's the point.

     Number one, things are getting better and better every day. We see how many of us are living here in the Land now, more than any other time since the Destruction, and we keep adding more and more.

    The main point is, if you live a life of saying "It can't happen", you will become depressed, but when you live a life of saying, "it could happen any minute" (which it really could) you become optimistic, and you will live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

     So now you see that it could happen any minute, right?

    And when it happens the fast will be elevated to a feast day! Alright? I'm ready for that!

Be well


 
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Sunday, August 04, 2019

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The Best Jewish Fast



by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

 The Best Jewish Fast    How
can fasting help us to bring the Messiah and the Final Redemption? Is there
anything we can do to repair what is spiritually wrong with the world? What
caused our exile from Jerusalem 2,000 years ago?
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Thursday, August 01, 2019

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Hagbah: Raising the Torah


   by Reb Gutman Locks   
       Hagbah: Raising the Torah

 

     When we read the weekly Torah portion in a minyan, we raise the Scroll in a way that all can see the writing. Our custom is to lift it before the minyan's reading while some, or maybe even most, minyans raise it after the reading. It is good for us spiritually to see the written letters in a Torah Scroll especially seeing Hashem's Name.

     The Torah scroll that Moshe wrote was kept in the Holy of Holies in the Temple days. Torah scrolls are the most Holy objects we have in the world.

     And what does holy mean? Only Hashem is holy, and the things that we call holy, such as a Scroll, or tefillin, or a righteous person, these are called holy because they point us towards Hashem's ways.

     And the things we call unholy? These are the things that take us away from His ways.   

 

 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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Times, They Are A‘changin


   by Reb Gutman Locks

 

     He was a Baptist minister for 20 years, then four years ago he became a Bnei Noah, a righteous gentile who follows the Seven Mitzvahs of Noah. That wasn't enough for his daughter who converted and moved to Israel and is living here with her Jewish husband.

     As they used to say… "Times, they are a'changin."

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

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