Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die

   by Reb Gutman Locks


     On Yom Kippur our fate is sealed. We read it is decided, "Who shall live and who shall die." Wouldn't you think that it would depend more on the circumstances surrounding us? But No. We are told our fate is sealed in Heaven.

     The nice Jewish man in this picture is visiting Israel from Paris. His religious friend brought him over for me to put on tefillin him, and he gave him his black hat for the occasion.

     When he finished his prayers, I asked him how old he was. He is ½ a year younger than I am. I turned his forearm over expecting to see tattooed numbers there, but there weren't any.

     I asked, "How come you weren't sent to the Death Camp?

     He said, "We were living in a small village outside of Paris and the gentiles there didn't tell the Nazis (may their name be wiped out) that we were Jews.

     I asked him "How times a day do you thank G-d for this?"

     He said, "Every day"

     One child, one angry or jealous goi, one loose tongue for one second is all it would have taken and his entire family would have been murdered along with the other millions of Jews they killed.

     Why did Hashem save this family? I do not know. But surely He did so for a reason. And for some reason He is saving you and I today.



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