Monday, July 30, 2012


What Do You Think…

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths

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     What do you think when you see someone, especially a child, so horribly handicapped? We put tefillin on them and try to give them a good time, and surely we show them a cheerful face, but it is such a sad thing to see.

     For me, it’s always the same. First, I think, “Oh my G-d, what a difficult thing for them and for their parents!” Then I think, “Thank G-d, really, for my health. How fortunate I am.” Then I see the young people who are so kind as to help them come on these trips and I think, “G-d bless the caregivers, the ones with such patience and kindness who take care of these unfortunate people.”

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  1. Hi R. Gutman,

    I have a question for you, not related at all to this post although I always like to read from you and your work..

    It's about meditation..I guess. In fact, I have noted that when I do the dishes before/after eating I get completely absorbed into the task and it turns out that after a while my mind feels like "empty"'s a common thing for me, but even more common are the thoughts that begin to pass through my mind during that task, which are only bad memories of deeds/bad things said/social accidents done not too long ago..

    Maybe this is some kind of meditation, while doing the dishes? Am I right ?



  2. I forgot to tell you more precisely that the bad thoughts only begin to surface a little while after my mind gets empty..

    Have a nice day!


  3. I used to be involved some 40 years ago raising money like Jerry Lewis did, but for disabled kids. Yes, thank God that I did not have the disabilities, but I thank God more that being able to help them, spend time with them, doing things to improve their lives was more then anyone could imagine. They brought more joy to me then I could have ever given them. Thank God for His special kids.


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