One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Collective term for Jewish phylacteries.
- ‘We study with our eyes, mouth, and brain, eat matzah with our mouths, listen to the shofar with our ears, and wear the tefillin on the arm and head.’
- ‘Boys aren't allowed to wear tefillin until after their bar mitzvah; women can choose to wear them but rarely do.’
- ‘The first cut is done at the front of the head, at the spot where the boy will later place his tefillin upon becoming Bar Mitzvah.’
- ‘Still, one may never make use of a printed Torah, tefillin, or mezuzah for sacred purpose.’
- ‘While the Torah mentions tefillin, but gives no details, everyone throughout history has had the same black boxes, leather straps and identical parchments inside.’
From Aramaic těpillīn ‘prayers’.
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