Friday, October 25, 2013

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by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


     The boy proudly told me that he had his Bar Mitzvah that morning. I asked his father if he put on tefillin at the Bar Mitzvah. He hadn’t, so I helped him. Then the boy, touching the tefillin strap on his father’s arm, asked me, “What are these?”

    I said, “They are tefillin. There is a commandment to the Jewish man to bind G-d’s words on our arm, and have them for a reminder between our eyes. These words are written in the boxes. It means that we will do what G-d told us to do, and we will think about what G-d told us to think about. Didn’t you put them on at your bar mitzvah this morning?”

     He said that he put on a tallis (prayer shawl). He asked me, “What is the difference between a tallis and tefillin?”

     I explained that they were two different commandments; one is to bind His words to our arms, and the other is to put fringes on the corners of our garments.” I showed him my tzitzis (fringes).

     After he finished reading the Shema, I had his father put his hand on his sons’ heads, (one at a time) and say the blessing that the kohen gives the Jewish people.

     Then a catholic priest from India walked up with a disciple and asked me if I would let them take a picture of us together. To tell you the truth, I am not comfortable being photographed with priests of idolatry, but I thought to take the opportunity to share something with him to challenge his way of thinking. I asked him, “Is G-d in the heart of the Devil?” Both he and he student strongly waved their heads, “Oh, no! G-d is not in the Devil!”

     I asked the boy who was standing there with tefillin on, “Where is G-d?”

The boy said, “Everywhere.”

     I was so, so happy. The kid who didn’t even know what tefillin are knew that G-d is everywhere. “You’re right. Of course, G-d is everywhere. Good for you.”

     He beamed, but I beamed even more.

     I turned to the priest and said, “G-d is infinite, everywhere at all times. Only worship the G-d who is infinite, and not a man or a spirit.” Then I asked him if yashka was in the grave.

     He said, “He has arisen. He is not in the grave.”

    “Then don’t worship him. If he is not in the grave, he is not everywhere.”

     They quickly walked away.

     The kid made my day.


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