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Thursday, 22 July 2010


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Since tefillin are entirely made up, rabbinical, they have zero to do with a victory in 67. It's like believing that the pe'ot are magical intenna's. Actually, the Yemenites grew them so you could tell the difference between a Jew and an arab. That is the authentic source. Another mistranslation made magical.


I don't know what Torah Shiloh reads, but my Torah has both tefillin and peot as D'oraitas. Great clip, Rabbi Lazer - don't let anybody pour cold water on thoe fires of emuna that you light.


Shiloh - Sorry, but you're mistaken about the tefillin. Of course, there's a Biblical basis in the text (You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand and as frontlets before your eyes) - so we know it's talking about something - but of course, how do we know that it's talking about what we think of as tefillin? How do we know, as you claim, that the entire thing (tefillin as we know them, that is) isn't just a Rabbinical fabrication?

Because, they have found tefillin or proto-tefillin in archaelogical digs going back at least to the 3rd century B.C.E. In other words, we have evidence that people were using tefillin, or something very similar to it, long before the Rabinical period - in fact, centuries before the Temple was destroyed, smack dab in the middle of the Biblical period.
So you can feel free to continue believing that it's all made up. But the evidence is pretty compelling that Jews in Biblical times interpreted the Biblical verse pretty similarly to how we do today (incidentally, the archaelogical evidence of tefillin was firt pointed out to me by a Conservative Rabbi who does not view the Torah in the same way as an Orthodox Rabbi would).

Puah yiska

Hey everyone, I love hearing the miracles of the six day war and the chizuk and proficy the rebbe, obm, gave to Israel. I have iyh another son approaching bar mitzvah and reading this post encouraged me to open up my aryeh Kaplan anthology Seder to the chapter of tefillin and I found this quote from the Talmud which compliments and supports the topic. Tefillin are Israel's strength. It is written (Deuteronomy. 28:10), " and the peoples of the earth shall see that God's name is called upon you, and they shall be awed by you."


The verses about tefillin are simply a metaphor, just like Rashi's grandson stated. Finding them in historical digs only verifies that tradition overrules Torah. I gave you the source of pe'ot. Take it or follow traditions of men just as the Tanach speaks about. Shabbat Shalom

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