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Torah Commentary Blog

Parashat Bo (January 24, 2015)
by Robyn Weinstein Cimbol

THESE VERSES, found toward the conclusion of Bo, are the first biblical instruction for the practice of t’fillin: the pair of square leather boxes wrapped on the arm and forehead that contain sacred texts. Among Reform- and most Conservative-affiliated Jews today, the wearing of t’fillin is generally the exception rather than the norm. For the ancient Israelites, the wearing of t’fillin became a tribal identification.

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