Thursday, January 02, 2020

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It’s All Inside…


   by Reb Gutman Locks

 

     He is a physician from America visiting Jerusalem with his son. His son's mother is not Jewish. He is 69 years old and had no idea what tefillin are. He had never even seen them before.

     "What are these? What are you doing to me?"

      I explained they are in fulfilment of the commandment to Jewish men to take G-d's words and bind them for a sign upon our arms and as a reminder between our eyes. "It means that we will do what G-d told us to do and we will think about what G-d told us to think about."

     I said, "Say, Barouch…" He said, Barouch… and he went on and said almost all of the barucha! I was amazed. I helped him with the ending of the barucha and had him read the Shema in English. He read it slowly and clearly, out loud.

     Then I told him, "What you are going to do now is what you came all the way from America to do."

     "When you fulfil a commandment, especially here in this holy place, and especially today being the first time you have ever fulfilled this mitzvah, Hashem is going to open the door to Heaven for you. Go stand by the Kotel, close your eyes, picture everyone you love one at a time with light on their faces and smiling and ask G-d to bless them. Pray for the Jews in danger, say thank You. Go take a couple of minutes and talk to G-d in your heart."

     He stood there next to the Kotel talking to Hashem for well over ten minutes. When he came back I asked him, "How was the experience?"

     He said, "It was an amazing experience."

     When I was taking the tefillin off, I asked, "How is it possible that you have never even seen tefillin before and yet you were able to say almost all of the blessing?"

     He said, "I don't know. I haven't said anything like that since I was 7 years old. It just came out."

     Everything we see or learn throughout our entire lives is somewhere inside of us. All it takes is the right thing to bring to the surface again.  

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