Thursday, July 19, 2018

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A New Life

   by Reb Gutman Locks   

A New Life


     He walked up to me smiling. He didn't seem Jewish. I asked him if his mother was Jewish and he said, "No, she's a x-ian," so I montioned that he could go on to the Kotel. But then he said, "But, my grandmother was Jewish."

     "Your father's mother, or your mother's mother?"

     "My mother's mother."

     "If your mother's mother was Jewish then your mother is Jewish no matter what religion she follows. And if your mother is Jewish then you are Jewish. Are you sure that your mother's mother is Jewish?"

     He said, "Yes, we all knew it."

     Right then everything turned around for him.

     I put tefillin on him and he read the Shema out loud in English. I sent him to the Kotel to open his heart.

     A new man. I explained now that he knows he is a Jew he has to go learn what this means … what he is supposed to do about it. I told him to go to the Chabad House in his town. One of the smartest things Chabad does is not to insist on a Jew already being Torah observant before they are welcomed into the congregation.

     He walked in looking like a friendly gentile tourist, and he walked out a Jew excited to see what his new life is going to bring.


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