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32 Amazing Tefillin Moments That Will Fill You With Jewish Pride

32 Amazing Tefillin Moments That Will Fill You With Jewish Pride

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Rabbi Ari Shishler, director of Chabad of Strathavon, South Africa, takes a moment to snap a selfie with a Jewish man donning tefillin at the Western Wall

Fifty years ago, the Lubavitcher Rebbe launched the Tefillin Campaign, encouraging Jewish males over the age of 13 to don tefillin daily.

To celebrate this anniversary, we’ve collected pictures of Jews around the world sharing in this special mitzvah

The Guardian of Israel

Photo: JEM
Photo: JEM

A Chabad Chassid helps Israeli soldiers don tefillin in the build up to the Six-Day War. The Rebbe underscored the protective and redemptive power of this mitzvah for all Jews.

No matter where you may be in the world, you can connect spiritually.

By the Western Wall

Phot: Israel National Archive
Phot: Israel National Archive

As soon as the Western Wall plaza was opened to the public in June 1967, Chabad Chassidim helped Jews visiting the holy site don tefillin.

By the Sea

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

A man puts on tefillin in Barranquilla, Colombia, with the help of a “Roving Rabbi” taking part in the Merkos summer visitation program.

In the Desert

Photo: Bentzi Sasson
Photo: Bentzi Sasson

Two teens participating in the CTeen Xtreme summer camp wrap tefillin and say the prayers outside of Lake Powell, Arizona.

In the Mountains

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

At a Resort

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

This picture was taken at Manorca, Peru.

On an Island

Rabbi Berel Pewzner, co-director of Chabad Cayman Islands, helps two men with tefillin.

Or in a Suburban Office

Rabbi Nochem Tenenboim helps Jews in Hewlett, N.Y., do a mitzvah.

You Can Put on Tefillin All Alone

Photo: Bentzi Sasson
Photo: Bentzi Sasson

A young Jew on the CTeen Heritage Trip prays on top of Masada, Israel.

Or With a Friend

Photo: Bentzi Sasson
Photo: Bentzi Sasson

Two students taking part in the annual Chabad on Campus International Shabbaton wear tefillin at the Ohel, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—in Queens, N.Y.

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

Jewish competitors in the Maccabi games put on tefillin in Berlin.

From the Ashes of the Holocaust

Photo: Yad Vashem
Photo: Yad Vashem

Jewish survivors in a Displaced Persons camp following World War II.

To return again and say, “We’re still here!”

Photo: Bentzi Sasson
Photo: Bentzi Sasson

A young Jew on the CTeen Heritage Trip to Poland and Israel prays on the grounds of Auschwitz.

On a Mitzvah Tank

Photo: JEM
Photo: JEM

Or a real tank

Photo: Israel National Archive
Photo: Israel National Archive

Whether you started putting on when you were young ...

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

… or old

Holocaust survivor Sam Zelikson, 85, put on tefillin for the first time on an unlikely day, Tisha B’Av, known to be the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.

At Home

Photo: Chabad of Tidewater
Photo: Chabad of Tidewater

On vacation

Photo: Mordechai Lightstone
Photo: Mordechai Lightstone

A Jewish man puts on tefillin while visiting Venice’s famed Piazza San Marco. The Talmud was burnt there in 1553.

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

Whether Ashkenazi...

Photo: Mordechai Lightstone
Photo: Mordechai Lightstone

… or Sephardic

Photo: Bentzi Sasson
Photo: Bentzi Sasson

A Chinese Jew

So-Han Fan discovered his Jewish roots and heritage after moving to China.

Or a Jewverine

From Anchorage

Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, co-director of the Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska, wraps tefillin with a Jewish visitor.

To Zhitomir

By way of Machu Picchu

Montana

Photo: Chabad of Montana
Photo: Chabad of Montana

Pisa

Photo: Merkos Shlichus
Photo: Merkos Shlichus

Rome

Or the Taj Mahal

Photo: Bentzi Sasson
Photo: Bentzi Sasson

You can always do this special mitzvah!

What’s Your tefillin moment? Share a tefillin selfie of yourself or a friend with the hashtag #Tefillin50, and we may feature it on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts! At the end of the summer, we’ll collect our favorites and share them here on Chabad.org.

Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone is a rabbi by training, but a blogger by choice. He is passionate about using new media to further Jewish identity and community building. Mordechai currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and four sons, where he happily tweets between sips of espresso.
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