Sunday, January 13, 2019

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   by Reb Gutman Locks



     I was on my way to the Kotel to daven mincha and when I went past one of the Yeshivas there were a few young American students standing outside by the door. One of them was smoking a cigarette. I asked him if he was stupid. He looked insulted. I said, "You don't look stupid, but then why are you smoking? Surely you know smoking is stupid."

     One of the other boys walked over to me and said, "You are embarrassing him! You are not allowed to yell at people like that."

     I said, "If it saves a Jew's life you are allowed to yell at him."

     He did not accept my answer and kept telling how wrong I was.

     Finally, I said, "Do you know how many lives I have saved by yelling at them if they do not listen?"

     He refused my answer.

     Just then the guy in the picture pushed in and said, "Thank you for getting me to quit smoking. You yelled at me and I listened."

     I laughed and said, "Hashem sent you to answer this guy" (the one who told not to yell at them).

      I walked away very happy while the group of boys watched me go, and guess who walked by? The new rabbi who I yelled at to quit smoking 7 years ago who listened to me.

     I yelled back at the group of boys, telling them that their rabbi quit smoking because I yelled at him. "Not only are you allowed to yell at someone, but if it will save his life you are obligated to yell at him."

    The boy who told me I was an embarrassment walked over and asked me to forgive him.

     I love it when Hashem sends me help.

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