from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Judaism The phylacteries.
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- n. Plural form of tefilla.
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- n. (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer
The wearing of the tefillin is obligatory on all males over thirteen years of age (the age of confirmation).
The secular Zionists who wouldn’t know tefillin from a Mezuzah?
The case refers to tefillin, which is a time-bound commandment because tefillin according to most rabbinic sages are not worn at night, on the Sabbath or festivals and women are exempt because of the law concerning Talmud Torah which is obligatory for men on the basis of Deuteronomy 11: 19, “Teach them to beneikhem …” where beneikhem is understood to include “your sons” and exclude “your daughters” (JT Berakhot 3: 3, 4c).
Correction: Praying Passengers In a story March 13 about a flight crew that became alarmed at the behavior of three men conducting an elaborate orthodox Jewish prayer ritual, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that airline officials learned from law enforcement that the men were performing the ritual known as tefillin.
Egan said airline officials later learned from law enforcement the men were performing the ritual known as tefillin.
Rubashkin wears the bands and boxes, called tefillin, and prays and recites psalms aloud for up to 90 minutes in the morning and for about half an hour in the afternoon and evening.
It said the incident on Sunday occurred when the man began carrying out a Jewish ritual where small leather boxes called tefillin, containing religious verses, are strapped to the arm and forehead.
Because it contains the words of God, the tefillin is the second most holy object in the Jewish faith, after the Torah.
The flight crew became concerned when the teen began a prayer ritual in which a set of boxes, called tefillin, are strapped to the head and arm before praying.
According to Reuters, another passenger mistook the phylactery, also called a tefillin in Hebrew, for a bomb.
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