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New study reveals:

Tefillin were not colored black 2,000 years ago

A new scientific study has found that ancient tefillin, or phylacteries, were not colored black, as is mandated by Jewish law.

Tefillin were not colored black 2,000 years ago

Violent confrontation on train:

Man in IDF uniform prevents passengers from praying

Several passengers attempting to hold a regular morning prayer service on a train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were accosted by a man in an IDF uniform. 'Let the parasites wear uniforms, this isn't a synagogue.'

Man in IDF uniform prevents passengers from praying

Tel Aviv:

Students protest anti-Tefillin principal

MK Almog Cohen participated in protest after Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium High School principal Dr. Ze'ev Degani was filmed preventing students from putting on Tefillin.

Students protest anti-Tefillin principal

Moving:

Mother at tefillin booth: 'Your son rescued us from Kfar Aza'

Rabbi Michael Taib was standing at a tefillin booth in Ashdod when a mother approached him with her son - and burst into tears.

Mother at tefillin booth: 'Your son rescued us from Kfar Aza'

16 million Jews waiting for marching orders

Let's nor forfeit a historic opporunity. The world is on fire.

16 million Jews waiting for marching orders

An 89-year-old IDF lt. col. puts on tefillin for the first time

He said that when he reached the age of 13, they recognized this milestone with a delivery of 13 bananas to his room.

An 89-year-old IDF lt. col. puts on tefillin for the first time

Hasidim from Brooklyn put tefillin on protesters outside UN

Hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch hasidim arrive at the UN on Friday, offering protesters for and against the judicial reform to lay tefillin.

Hasidim from Brooklyn put tefillin on protesters outside UN

Talking Parsha-Ekev: Why "tie" Tefillin? What's Tefillin about?

In this week's Parsha, we encounter the renowned second paragraph of the "Shema" prayer—Parashat Ve'haya Eim Shamo'a.

Talking Parsha-Ekev: Why "tie" Tefillin? What's Tefillin about?

Mark Schiff, Seinfeld’s opening act, brings tefillin on tour

Schiff, who has been opening for famous Jewish comedian Seinfeld for 25 years, stays observant on tour.

Mark Schiff, Seinfeld’s opening act, brings tefillin on tour

Jordanian security guards cut up rabbi's tefillin

Guards at Amman airport desecrate rabbi's tefillin, claiming he could use the straps to strangle passengers.

Jordanian security guards cut up rabbi's tefillin

UN Ambassador's son puts on tefillin for the first time

Ambassador Gilad Erdan: There are few moments as moving as when a father stands next to his son as he puts on tefillin for the first time.

UN Ambassador's son puts on tefillin for the first time

Bo: It’s not just the thought that counts!

The Aramaic translation of Onkelos, translates totafot as tefillin, in the plural. Why?

Bo: It’s not just the thought that counts!

Study finds wearing tefillin has heart benefits

University of Cincinnati research finds that putting on tefillin while praying has significant cardiovascular benefits.

Study finds wearing tefillin has heart benefits

After stormy interview:

Former Supreme Court President puts on tefillin

Judge Aharon Barak interviewed by journalist Aryeh Ehrlich, and the stormy interview ends with an interesting twist.

Former Supreme Court President puts on tefillin

Desecration of tefillin:

Police drop case against man who abused holy objects

Meretz activist's despicable actions infuriated the public. Days later, Meretz was wiped out in the elections.

Police drop case against man who abused holy objects

Left-wing activist arrested after rubbing tefillin on his groin

Police arrest Netanya man who was filmed taking religious item, rubbing it on his groin.

Left-wing activist arrested after rubbing tefillin on his groin

Yair Lapid’s holiday bloopers

Just as worrisome as his ignorance of basic Judaism is the fact that he can't even fake it. What awaits us for Sukkot, I wonder. Op-ed.

Yair Lapid’s holiday bloopers

In wake of film:

Jews in Arab countries ask Yad L’Achim for tefillin

Yad L'Achim outreach films warmly received by Jews living in enemy states. 'Please produce more such films.'

Jews in Arab countries ask Yad L’Achim for tefillin

Israelis not allowed into Jordan because of tallit and tefillin

40 Israeli insurance agents going on a short vacation to Jordan turned away because 7 of them had Jewish 'religious symbols.'

Israelis not allowed into Jordan because of tallit and tefillin

In a Beitar Illit apartment fire, only the tefillin survive

Electric bicycle goes up in flames, sparking apartment fire. 'Only use the original battery.'

In a Beitar Illit apartment fire, only the tefillin survive

Atlanta car thief steals rabbi’s son’s tefillin

Thief breaks into car and steals tefillin belonging to son of rabbi who only recently had his bar mitzvah.

Atlanta car thief steals rabbi’s son’s tefillin

Israel's first Chief Rabbi:

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Rabbi Kook:We bind these memories of G-d's role in history to our hand, heart, and mind, and transform our coarse nature to a holy one.'

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

The police officer who went above and beyond to recover Tefillin

When bus driver Rafael Tzobra's tefillin were stolen, officer Edwin Samuel determined to find them.

The police officer who went above and beyond to recover Tefillin

Watch: Peaceful demonstration held outside home of Meretz MK

Protesters pray, lay phylacteries, outside home of Meretz's MK Zandberg, in peaceful protest of her bill to criminalize outreach to minors.

Watch: Peaceful demonstration held outside home of Meretz MK

Warsaw claims Holocaust museum has illegally smuggled artifacts

City of Warsaw says sets of Holocaust-era tefillin at Shem Olam Holocaust museum were illegally smuggled out of Poland.

Warsaw claims Holocaust museum has illegally smuggled artifacts

Secret bunker discovered in Warsaw Ghetto - 76 years later

Dozens of pairs of tefillin found in buildings razed in Warsaw Ghetto are brought secretly to Israel.

Secret bunker discovered in Warsaw Ghetto - 76 years later

Sanitation crew helps NY man go dumpster diving for his tefillin

New York City Sanitation Department workers help an Orthodox Jewish man recover his lost tefillin after they were accidentally thrown out.

Sanitation crew helps NY man go dumpster diving for his tefillin

Tefillin stands set up at many MDA stations throughout Israel

Initiative by Rabbi Yonatan Spitzer, MDA member who established new stands with help of Rabbi Yosef Nachshon's Soldiers in Love project.

Tefillin stands set up at many MDA stations throughout Israel

Is working in Eretz Yisrael a mitzva?

Chatam Sofer series: Working the fields of Eretz Yisrael is a mitzva parallel to putting on tefilin, and one may stop learning Torah for it.

Is working in Eretz Yisrael a mitzva?

NY museum relabels Tefillin from 'amulet' to 'phylacteries'

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York corrects controversial label on Tefillin from 'Egyptian amulet' to 'phylacteries'.

NY museum relabels Tefillin from 'amulet' to 'phylacteries'

Museum sparks debate after it labels Tefillin as Egyptian amulet

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art labels phylacteries as 'Egyptian amulet' in Islamic Art Department.

Museum sparks debate after it labels Tefillin as Egyptian amulet

Tefillin: The Beautiful Blending of Art and Religion

Phylacteries remind worshipers to keep God’s Law in both their actions and thoughts. These small leather boxes are beautiful pieces of art.

Tefillin: The Beautiful Blending of Art and Religion

Rami Levy donates NIS 1 million in tefillin to European Jews

Israeli supermarket magnate Rami Levy gives hundreds of tefillin sets to European Jews who cannot afford to purchase their own.

Rami Levy donates NIS 1 million in tefillin to European Jews

What does Hashem’s back look like?

What does Hashem’s back look like?

New Tefillin for Israeli passengers of the ‘Coronavirus Ship’

Israelis in isolation will not be able to use any objects they used on the ship until all of them have been fully disinfected

New Tefillin for Israeli passengers of the ‘Coronavirus Ship’

Tel Aviv mayor: We didn't ban tefilin booths

Ron Huldai hits back at accusations Tel Aviv has moved against tefillin stands, says city enforcing law against all stands near schools.

Tel Aviv mayor: We didn't ban tefilin booths

Who's selling non-kosher tefillin?

London rabbis warn local Jews after receiving reports of sales of ritually unfit but expensive tefillin.

Who's selling non-kosher tefillin?

Tefillin from Golan Heights battle given to lone soldier

Family of slain IDF soldier Benny Hanani, who fell in the Yom Kippur War, donate his tefillin to a lone soldier who immigrated to israel.

Tefillin from Golan Heights battle given to lone soldier

Shlach: A Talit Meditation

Shlach: A Talit Meditation

Why don't WOW ask Rick Jacobs about tefillin?

Why don't WOW ask Rick Jacobs about tefillin?

'Illegal Arab aliens burned my husband's tefillin'

Be'er Sheva woman's husband loses his tefillin and tallit, which are later found burned.

'Illegal Arab aliens burned my husband's tefillin'

Only in Israel:

Watch Chabad emissary brings tefillin to live radio show

'Breakfast Club' hosts on Radio 103FM ask for tefillin on air and Chabad emissary hurries to arrive: Shai Goldstein: 'It's like a battery.'

Watch Chabad emissary brings tefillin to live radio show

Significance of Tefillin

Jеwіѕh religious men thаt have tеfіllіn bоund оn their аrmѕ and forehead аrе literally binding thеіr whоlе selves tо the Scripture of G-d.

Significance of Tefillin

Study: Tefillin help prevent heart attacks

New study finds daily use of phylacteries causes improved blood flow, may be linked to improved cardiovascular health.

Study: Tefillin help prevent heart attacks

Research: Tefillin may offer heart benefits

Study suggests people who wear tefillin enjoy cardiovascular health benefits.

Research: Tefillin may offer heart benefits

Incendiary balloon burns tefillin

Employers in the carpentry shop of Kibbutz Nachal Oz found a pair of tefillin burning in one of the storerooms.

Incendiary balloon burns tefillin

'I took my tefillin and went outside'

Teen who escaped Jerusalem fire helps police locate arson suspect, then tells the story of his escape.

'I took my tefillin and went outside'

Meet the Uber of tefillin

Wrapp is a mobile app that links people who own tefillin with those wishing to put on tefillin; 'High technology removes all barriers.'

Meet the Uber of tefillin

Fine for Tefillin stand canceled

Mayor Nir Barkat voids $124 fine slapped on Chabad hassid who got people to lay tefillin near the Jerusalem Bus Station.

Fine for Tefillin stand canceled

$124 fine for Chabad hasid manning Jerusalem tefillin stand

Jerusalem supervisor slaps Chabad hasid with fine, orders him to close his tefillin stand.

$124 fine for Chabad hasid manning Jerusalem tefillin stand

The month in which Tefillin held the spotlight

The month in which Tefillin held the spotlight

'I'm sorry': Man who torched his tefillin asks for forgiveness

Bnei Brak man who left religion, filmed himself destroying religious items, asks forgiveness, says he wants to become religious again.

'I'm sorry': Man who torched his tefillin asks for forgiveness

TV network apologizes for skit mocking Judaism

'Keshet' TV network issues apology for recent skit on 'Eretz Nehederet' comedy show which mocked tefillin.

TV network apologizes for skit mocking Judaism

Rabbinic group: Review professor in viral tefillin incident

CJV urges universities to revisit courses assigned to multiculturalism 'specialist' who attacked man for wearing tefillin.

Rabbinic group: Review professor in viral tefillin incident

Who is the woman who attacked man for putting on tefillin?

Woman who attacked man putting on tefillin at Ben Gurion airport is professor of liberal arts, education. Her husband headed the NIF.

Who is the woman who attacked man for putting on tefillin?

'To insult wearing tefillin in Israel? Sad'

Lubavitch Spokesman refers to incident at Ben-Gurion Airport against Chabad Chasid who helped another Jew put on Tefillin.

'To insult wearing tefillin in Israel? Sad'

Berlin allows tefillin into prisons

Jewish prisoners in Berlin now have permanent access to a pair of tefillin.

Berlin allows tefillin into prisons

Netanyahu: Some things are just not done

PM condemns satirical show for mocking tefillin. 'You don;t have to wear a kippah to understand the importance of our heritage.'

Netanyahu: Some things are just not done

TV Authority: Red lines were crossed

Regulator of Israeli commercial TV releases sharp response over controversial skit involving disrespect for tefillin.

TV Authority: Red lines were crossed

'There are things that should not be done'

Knesset Speaker attacks satirical show over tefillin controversy, recalling his struggle in Russia against the KGB to keep his tefillin.

'There are things that should not be done'