Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Laying of Tefillin: Jewish Phenomena

Religious youth participate in the laying of tefillin at the Western Wall, Jerusalem

Tefillin being laid at Nachlat Binyamin, along Allenby Street in Tel Aviv

A familiar scene in many places in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and all over Israel is the laying of tefillin, a pair of black leather cubes containing scriptural words and passages. The religious with tefillin bounded to their arms and head with the use of black straps literally binds to themselves the scripture of God.

It is usually the Lubavitch Hasidic who actively promotes the laying of Tefillin, albeit it is not done on Shabbat as well as other Jewish religious festivals such as Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Yom Kippur and Pesach. This Jewish phenomena that is the Tefillin campaign was initiated by Rabbi Menachem Schneerson before the start of the 1967 Six Day War.

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