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Phylacteries


PHYLACTERIES

The orthodox Jews wear two small square leather boxes containing selected texts from the Torah. They wore them one on the wrist of the left arm and the other on the forehead. A combined passage from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 was a favourite of the Jews, and they wrote that on their phylacteries: “It is written: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Lk 10:27).

They used to recite this everyday morning and evening. “Engrave on your heart the words that I command you today. Repeat them over and over to your children, speak of them when you are at home and when you travel, when you lie down and when you rise. Tie them around your arm as a sign and let them be as a band on your forehead. Engrave them on your doorposts and on your city gates” (Deut 6:6-9).


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