A Word from the Rabbi

Rabbi Paltiel

An entry from my personal diary - April, 13, 2015

This morning during Shachris (morning services) we were short a tenth man for the minyan. I texted my friend Scott Matty asking if he'd come over. He's never before attended our morning services but he's a really nice guy who I knew would help if he could. He said sure and came right over. I wrapped tefillin on him, something he had done only once in his life, at his Bar Mitzvah, before doing it a second time with me at Rob Salzbank's home during Shiva for Rob's father back In October). He grabbed a siddur (prayer-book) and sat down, minding his own business.

Weekday Morning services are quick. They begin promptly at 7am, by 7:45am they're done. When I said goodbye and thanked Scott for coming, he said he actually would like to stay for the 30 minute Shmooze & Shmear (bagels, coffee and some Torah discussion). I was surprised, and delighted. Wow, how great is that! Scott is staying for Torah study!

At approx. 11 o'clock he's back at Chabad. He walks into the office and asks Gina how he could purchase a pair of tefillin of his own. Gina intercoms me "with the news:" "Rabbi, you got another tefillin man!" I make a bee-line to the front office to see who the culprit is. OMG SCOTT WANTS TEFILLIN! Again, I'm delighted! And surprised. No, I'm shocked. He explains: "I've been talking to G-d and I just decided I should have a pair of Tefillin." No argument here... Wow, it doesn't get better than this for a Shliach! We go to my office and place the order by phone.

My next surprise comes the next morning. It's 6:58am, I pull into the parking lot at the Shul when an unfamiliar car pulls into the next spot. It's Scott. He decided he should be in Shul in the morning. He's a yid, he's gotta stay in touch with Hashem and his people. He stays for Shmooze & Shmear, and comes back again the next day, and the next...

Modernity has been wonderful to our people in many ways, but it does have a way of 'taking Jews out of Judaism' at times. But it can't 'take Judaism out of the Jew'. Uh uh! Aint happening!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. Guys, join me any morning at Shul. Or choose one weekday to be "your day" to start your day "with the boys" at minyan. Go ahead, make my day!

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