On Tuesday morning a group of us met with Rabbi Dan to experience putting on Tefillin at the first Tefillin Unbound. Most present, both men and women, never had the experience before.
Dan spent some time explaining the purpose and meaning of beginning the day by this both concrete and symbolic act in integrating mind, heart and hand. Several sets of Tefillin were provided and explanations and careful instruction were given. Then we began the challenge of working with the intricate knots holding the leather straps.
The image of our group standing in our circle wearing Tallitot and Tefillin, saying the shema, was a sight to behold. In participating in this, it did not only connect heart, mind and hand, it connected us to our ancient roots and the incredible survival of our faith and its practice.
Editor's note: Tefillin Tuesday meets the second Tuesday of every month. Please join us for the next one on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:45am (14 Horatio Street, b/w Greenwich and 8th Aves). Afterwords, we will go across the street to 'Snice for breakfast and conversation.