Sunday, November 26, 2017


There Is No Connection

    by Reb Gutman Locks    


     I was talking to a "modern" American boy who is learning in a yeshiva in Israel for the year. With nonreligious boys I always stress the importance of marrying a Jewish girl. With boys at this boy's level we can be pretty sure that they already know this much, so what I usually try to do with them is to have them become more aware of Hashem's Presence.

      It usually goes like this:

     "How come when you tie your tefillin on your arm you have the same intention you have when you tie your shoes? That it shouldn't fall off."


     "After you say the blessing and begin to tie the strap around your arm your only thought is to make sure that it doesn't fall off."

      They usually smile a little when they stop and think and see that I am right.

      I ask, "What should your mindset be at that time?"

     "That I am connecting to G-d?"

     "There is no connecting to G-d because there is no disconnection from G-d. G-d is infinite. The Infinite has no end. You cannot disconnect from something that is everywhere at all times."

      I explain that the blessing says putting on tefillin makes us holy, and this is what we should think about when we do the mitzvah. What a wonderful thing to be able to do.

      If you spend your spiritual time trying to connect with Hashem you are wasting your time. You are creating a problem that does not exist instead of trying to solve the problem that does exist. Instead of trying to connect to G-d you should be trying to become more aware of G-d, to reveal Him in your life, to serve Hashem,… such ideas as these will help reveal His Presence to you which is the goal.


  1. Dear Rav,
    at first glance, I told to myself: what a chidush, indeed! But at the end of the day, I think it's just a question of fefinition of the words. Because when people speaks about "connecting" to Hashem, it does mean that they're seeking more awarness. So you're not saying anything else, are you ?

  2. Off main topic but .. All this emphasis on Jewish boys being sure to marry a Jewish girl - but 'okayish', well pretty much condoned, after the fact at least, for a Jewish girl to marry a non-Jewish boy?


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