Sunday, January 23, 2011

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A Jew You’ll Never Meet

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


I just received this letter:

Something that may make you proud - on a snowy Wednesday on Long Island, my brother, who gets your emails, was driving down a main road and saw a man, distraught, waiting on the sidewalk. Thinking that this man might be Jewish, my brother pulled over to give him a ride. He accepted and while driving, they had a conversation. My brother asked him if he was Jewish. He said no and that he works for the church. When leaving, he offered my brother money for the ride. My brother refused the money but said, “Listen to me--if a Jew ever walks into your church, don't let him come inside, send him away.” The man laughed, but he agreed to do it.

Gutman responds:

Good for your brother! He made my day, and a few more days after this one, too. Tell your brother that he is doing great. First off, he looked for a Jew to help. This is the toughest thing for many people. Then, when it turned out that he was helping a non-Jew, he didn’t give up. He went on to figure out how to try to help a Jew, anyway!

     I bet that someday a Jew is going to walk into that church, and this man whom your brother helped on that cold, snowy day is going to remember your brother’s kindness and his promise. He is going to tell that Jew that he has to leave. The Jew is going to take the refusal to heart, and he is going to go to a Jewish house of worship, instead.

      And your brother will have accomplished what he set out to do. He tried to help a Jew he didn’t even know, and in the end, he will. He is going to receive a great blessing for this. The truth is, your brother has already received a great blessing in that he has learned to try to help his fellow Jew. There is no better way to help yourself spiritually, than to help another Jew come to the Torah. I hope that someday he hears about how his kindness actually helped that Jew.

1 comment:

  1. It's also important what we project to the other nations. He showed a kind and thoughtful image of a Jew. That alone is worth a great deal.


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