Tuesday, May 24, 2016


A Message from your Mother

   by Reb Gutman Locks

A Message from your Mother


      I was in a hurry to get to the store and back in time for Mincha but I couldn't resist stopping to give a 30-second Jewish-Survival class to a couple of Birthright boys. A large group of Birthright kids were waiting in the Rova (Quarter) Square for their tour to continue. I picked one who really looked Jewish.

 "Where're you from?"


"Where in America?"

"San Diego."

"Torrey Pines?"

His mouth dropped open.

"Yeah!" With a look of, "How'd you know?"

He didn't know that Torrey Pines is the only place in San Diego I remember.

"Your mother gave me a message for you."

His mouth dropped open even wider... wondering, "Is this guy for real?"

Pointing and waving my finger at him, with a loud voice I said, "She said that you better marry a Jewish girl or she's going to break both your legs!"

They both cracked up laughing loudly.

"I will!"

And I walked on to the store without looking back.

     Now, what do you think happened? They were not used to such an unusual thing as a grey bearded religious looking Jewish man jumping into their conversation to warn them that they have to marry Jewish girls. I guess most people aren't. But I've found that these encounters are surprisingly effective. I have heard from some of my "customers" many years later that for some reason, "It got to me."

     They learned that marrying a Jew is the most important thing in the world, at least to this "old guy" it was, or else he would have yelled about something else.



  1. May you continue for many years to give good advice and tizke to many mitzvot!

  2. "Word that come from the heart, enter the heart".

    I suppose that means, words spoken with sincerity.

    VeHaMaaseh Hi HaIkar. Rabbi Guttman, you ave a way

    with words. Words that convince. Because the Pintele

    Yid within one's heart refuses to 'die'. Baruch Hashem

    you have a special gift from Above in saying the right

    thing at the right time. "When Less is More" - simply,

    sincerely and straight to the point. Kol HaKavod, Sir!


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