Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Father to Son

   by Reb Gutman Locks

Father to Son


      When I called out to this Israeli he came right over to put on tefillin.

      He said, "But I do not know how."

    "That's what I am here for."

      First, I showed him how to bless his son. Then I helped him with the tefillin and to read the Shema. When he finished I had him talk to Hashem in his heart.    

     After he was finished he kneeled down and explained tefillin to his young son. Now the boy is probably not even two years old at the most and obviously could not understand what his father was talking about, but the boy got his father's message very clearly. 'My father loves me and these things he is pointing to and talking about are dear to my father so when I grow up they will be dear to me too.'     

     The father kissed his son whole heartedly and they both walked away richer from the experience.

     Why would an Israeli who doesn't know how to put on tefillin want to teach his young son about them? What was it he wanted the little boy to learn? He was teaching his son about their Jewish family, and about the ways of Jews … and thank G-d, his class was successful.

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