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Tefillin Campaign, The Rebbe's

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An enigma among human rituals: Black leather boxes containing parchment scrolls inscribed in meticulous accordance with the criteria of an ageless scribal art. Not to be read, but to be worn . . .
"When a Jew in Miami," the Rebbe said to me, "sees pictures of Jews at the Western Wall wearing tefillin, he gets an urge to put on tefillin himself."
In 1974, a new apparition began to make its appearance in the streets of Manhattan. Even in that hubbub of crowd and clamor, this strange vehicle attracted attention: The Mitzvah Tank or Mitzvah Mobile
"This was all good and well," explained the old navy diver, "when the ship had been under for a month or so. After that it would begin to rust and the hooks would bring up only huge chunks of iron, leaving the rest of the ship behind"
Some ask: “What benefit results from the Tefillin campaign? You put Tefillin on a Jew only one time, and you have no idea if it has any lasting effect on him?” Every Mitzvah forges an eternal bond between a Jew and his Creator. In addition, the Talmud tea...
As a Chabad yeshivah student, my Friday “job” was to go out there, put on tefillin with people, distribute Shabbat candles, and fan the flames of Judaism. My buddies and I were rarely privy to the effects of our outreach efforts, but that’s OK, because we...
1. There Are Two Separate Commandments A set of tefillin comprises two black leather boxes each containing scrolls of parchment. The two boxes—one for the head and one for the arm—are two separate mitzvot. If only one of the two is available, it should be...
Practitioners of an ancient and holy art describe their work
In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get caught up in minutiae and marvel at how time passes much too quickly. But one of the beautiful things of the month of Elul is to consciously use time for reflection, introspection and preparation in advan...
Rabbi Chaim Jacobs and his wife Sora, have been the co-directors of Lubavitch of Scotland for more than four decades. In 1967, the Rebbe launched the now famous Tefillin campaign. A Yeshiva student at the time, Rabbi Jacobs began an initiative for student...
In 1970, Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar was sent as a Chabad emissary to Florida, where he serves as rabbi and director of The Shul in Bal Harbor. A member of his community, a champion tennis player, invited him to meet his wealthy friend. Bringing his Tefillin...
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