Thursday, August 13, 2015



​   by Reb Gutman Locks   



      Abish is helping the boy with tefillin. It is his 13th birthday which means that he is now capable of fulfilling the Commandments that Hashem has given to the Jewish people. Surely the boy already knows how to put on tefillin, but it is the custom to give honor to the occasion by his father or grandfather or a Rav to help him to put them on the first day that he has become obligated.

     Abish has written over 65 books on the Kabbalah, (Jewish mysticism) 55 of them on the Zohar. He must be the most knowledgeable person in the world on this subject. He davens at the Kotel at sunrise every morning and whoever has a Torah related question knows to ask him. On Shabbos he leads the morning davening. He has a very pleasant voice.

     Abish is known by his first name. At most some will call him Reb Abish. This is very unusual. Usually the rabbis expect to be called rabbi, rav, or even more honorific tittles; the greater the rabbi, the greater the titles. But Abish is known simply by his first name. Why is this?

     Humility is a sign of greatness.




  1. Perhaps he is known as Abish because he knows the Abishter is really doing it all.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist the play on words/names.

  2. Unemployed NoachideAugust 16, 2015 6:58 AM

    I'm teaching my son to observe the sixty-six Noachide commandments. Sadly, Noachides have no mnemonic rituals, customs, or rites of passage. So, we my son turns thirteen it'll be just another day on the calendar.

    1. Never heard of 66, I thought it was just 7!

  3. Rabbi Locks... are there 7 Noahide Laws or 66? Please explain... and if there are only "7"... where do we find the Oral Laws explaining in depth these 7 Laws? Please help us noahides to find our way as well...

    Thank you...

  4. On there is article by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Lichtenstein, listing 66 sub-laws of the 7 Noachide laws [see].

    I do not know if they are controversial; they appear to be the logical fulfillment of the 7 laws.


Welcome to Mystical Paths comments. Have your say here, but please keep the tone reasonably civil and avoid lashon hara. Due to past commenting problems, all comments are moderated (this may take a few hours.)

Your comments are governed by our Terms of Use, Privacy, and Comments policies. We reserve the right to delete or edit your comments for any reason, or use them in a future article. That said, YOU are responsible for YOUR comments - not us.

Related Posts with Thumbnails