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Tefillin – What do they signify?

Tefillin – What do they signify?

An allegory is made to a king who established a squadron of soldiers who were extremely loyal to the king and carried his name. The King gave this royal guard special clothing which was to differentiate them and distinguish them from the rest of the armed forces. A sample of which is the palace guards in England. A royal guard, when carrying out his duties and behaving in accordance within acceptable norms reflects well and honors the royals. However, if their actions are not within the acceptable norms or they are derelict in carrying out their duties – these actions reflect negatively on the royal house.

The Jewish people are G-d's royal guards. G-d chose the Jewish people to be his chosen people, and we are obligated to ensure that we, in our actions, reflect honorably upon G-d.

Our symbolic clothing, of which so many of the rituals and laws that apply to them are known as "Laws given to Moses at Sinai" with no further explanation, are our Tefillin. The Tefillin are a sign and bear witness to the fact of our being Jews. By wearing our Tefillin we affirm our desire to be recognized as part of G-ds chosen people as the Bible teaches us in Exodus 13:9, "And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the law of God may be in thy mouth". This is the second sign or "witnessing" of ones' Jewishness given to us by G-d when we reach the age of "Bar Mitzvah".

The first sign of Jewishness is the circumcision ceremony which you underwent at the age of eight days old. As the Bible teaches us in Genesis 17:10, 11; "This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant between Me and you."

Therefore, G-d has provided us with two witnesses who can testify to the fact of our Jewishness; and this being in accordance with the Bibles teaching in Deuteronomy 19:16 "One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, at the mouth of two witnesses, shall a matter be established."

The Tefillin are an inseparable part of the Jewish people and remained an integral part of the Jewish people throughout the years of the exile. No matter where the Jewish people went or were sent to, through thick and thin, through joyous times and through tragic times where the Jewish people were martyred in G-ds name, the Tefillin were always part and parcel of Jewish existence. The Tefillin were there to bear witness upon our being Jews who kept G-ds' commandments and fulfilled his will.

Now that you understand the significance of the second witness that you are preparing to bear witness upon your Jewishness you are invited to place the order for your Tefillin at Tefillin Beit El.
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