Tefillin (/ˈtfɪlɪn/; Israeli Hebrew: תְּפִלִּין / תְּפִילִּין; Askhenazic pronunciation: [tfiˈlin]) or phylacteries, is a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. Tefillin is worn by observant adult Jews during weekday morning prayers.
The reason for Ultra- Orthodox males’ hair and curl rules is the following: the original basis is a Biblical scripture which states that a man should not “round the corner of his head.” Authoritative talmudic scholars have determined that the meaning of this scripture is that there should be a hair cutting restriction.
In millions of homes across the world, Jews affix to doorposts a decorative case containing a scroll with the Shema, a declaration of faith that is central to Jewish prayer. It is customary among many Jews to touch this case, known as the mezuzah, when passing through the door . Some kiss the hand that touched it.
An Eruv Encircles Manhattan To Allow Observant Jews To Leave Home On The Sabbath Manhattan’s eruv may be the most expensive in the world. It is a thin fishing line above the skyline that encircles the island, allowing observant Jews to leave their homes on the Sabbath.
Orthodox women do not show their hair in public after their wedding. With a headscarf or a wig – referred to in Yiddish as a sheitel – they signal to their surroundings that they are married and that they comply with traditional notions of propriety.
Biblical laws also dictate that food preparation areas be covered to make sure that no residue of leavened products contaminates dishes being made during Passover. At Orthodox homes such as Monique Shaffer’s, this means spending an afternoon lining food preparation areas with aluminum foil .
The breaking of the glass holds multiple meanings. Some say it represents the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Others say it demonstrates that marriage holds sorrow as well as joy and is a representation of the commitment to stand by one another even in hard times.
When a creation of God dies, this lessens His image. The death of human beings disrupts the connection between the living man and living God. Since the purpose of mirrors is to reflect such image, they are covered during mourning.
» Because the Torah allows eating only animals that both chew their cud and have cloven hooves, pork is prohibited. So are shellfish , lobsters, oysters , shrimp and clams, because the Old Testament says to eat only fish with fins and scales. Another rule prohibits mixing dairy with meat or poultry.
Tefillin (sometimes called phylacteries) are cubic black leather boxes with leather straps that Orthodox Jewish men wear on their head and their arm during weekday morning prayer. Observant Jews consider wearing tefillin to be a very great mitzvah (command).
The Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has argued that “refraining from operating lights and other permitted electrical appliances is a pious behavior,” but is not required, while also stating that the use of some electrical devices (such as computers, cameras, and smartphones which record