Tefillin and The Egyptian Experience


Take the Two Eyes of Horus…to your forehead

Take the Two Eyes of Horus…to your forehead “Take the two Eyes of Horus, the black and the white. Take them to your forehead, (so) that they may illuminate your face.” Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts →click here for original source. –: מניין שהיה לפרעה תפילין? שנאמר: ושמת את הנשר ואת הנחש על ראשך, למען ידעו כל מצריים שאתה המושל והשליט : וכל זר לא תלבש בו Translation: From […]


מניין שהיה לפרעה תפילין

  מניין שהיה לפרעה תפילין?  שנאמר: ושמת את הנשר ואת הנחש על ראשך, למען ידעו כל מצריים שאתה המושל והשליט : וכל זר לא תלבש בו Translation: From where do we know that Pharoah wore Tefillin? As it says, and you shall put the eagle and the snake on your head, in order that all of The Egyptians  will know that your are the ruler and unmistakable head […]


The Sense of the Queer and Tefillin

Ever since I put on Tefillin at bar mitzvah age, I have wondered  how strange they were. What other people in the world wear boxes on their heads?  I certainly would not expect such behaviour from someone educated and refined in the 21st Century. Except we, Jewish children,  grew up with Tefillin. Everyone in our society, everyone in our world wore Tefillin. So the sense of the “queer” […]


Historical Origins and Continued Sanctity

Judaism by definition is historical. The story begins with Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov and then continues with Yaakov’s children, describing their descent into Egypt. It is not reasonable to think that the Galut, the Diaspora in Egypt would not affect the  lives of Yaakov’s descendants in Egypt.  It is also apparent that Moshe, Aharon, and the Elders who attended court visits to the  Pharoah saw him in all […]


The Laws of Tefillin in the Mishneh Torah

רמב”ם הלכות תפילין ומזוזה וספר תורה פרק ד הלכה כה קדושת תפילין קדושתן גדולה היא שכל זמן שהתפילין בראשו של אדם ועל זרועו הוא עניו וירא שמים ואינו נמשך בשחוק ובשיחה בטילה ואינו מהרהר מחשבות רעות אלא מפנה לבו בדברי האמת והצדק, לפיכך צריך אדם להשתדל להיותן עליו פ כל היום שמצותן כך היא, אמרו עליו על רב תלמידו של רבינו הקדוש שכל ימיו לא ראוהו שהלך ארבע […]


The Reasons for the Mitzvot Part 2

According to the Rambam, there are some parables in which “each word has a meaning.”  There are likewise some commandments concerning which “the particulars of, and conditions for, them have become clear.” As a matter of fact, Maimonides suggests that more particulars could be understood if we have more historical information; specifically, particulars concerning sacrifices and uncleanness. Furthermore, he completes the parallel by applying the same thesis to […]