posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 12:06 PM
If Tefillin is considered a mandatory practice during prayer among orthodox jews as a way of enhancing the covenant and communication with God. Why is
it that Christians who also include the old testament don't use Tefillin? Is is because non-jews don't have a covenant with God - I thought that was
I would be interested in hearing more about this practice from other members. Personally I am unsure of the whole rite.
"The Tefillin are two small perfectly square black boxes (Batim) made of the leather of a Kosher hide, with black leather straps (Retsuot) attached
to them. The straps and boxes must be dyed black with a special dye.
Each weekday morning (Sunday through Friday), Jewish men are required to wear Tefillin. One Tefillin Box (the "Head Tefillin") is placed upon the
head, above the forehead, so as to rest upon the cerebrum. The other Tefillin box ("Hand Tefillin") is tied on the left arm so that it rests against
the heart, and the suspended leather strap is wound around the left hand, and around the middle finger of that hand.
If for some reason it was impossible to wear Tefillin in the morning, one may still be put on later in the day, but not after sunset.
Tefillin are not worn on the Sabbath or on most Jewish holidays. On the fast day of Tisha Be'Av, and on that day only, they are put on during the
afternoon instead of the morning service.
The English term for the Hebrew word Tefillin is "Phylacteries," although most Jews tend to use the Hebrew term (Tefillin).
Putting on Tefillin is the first Mitzvah Jewish males assume upon their Bar Mitzvah (the 13th Jewish Birthday)."
[edit on 28-1-2009 by Mynaeris]