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The special status of the phylacteries is further emphasized by their inclusion within the rabbinic category known as "Tashmishey Kedusha," that is, ritual objects that, along with their containers or receptacles, are of such sanctity that they must be treated with care and respect even when no longer usable due to age or deterioration.
The Glossa Ordinaria interprets this passage as a command to love God above all things and people, (46) and surely the phylacteries on Jesus' head at the end of Visit to the Sepulcher witness to just such a love of God, much as the cross testifies to a love of humanity.
How can such obsessive caution, putting on a separate set of phylacteries to obey each of four learned opinions, engender the brisk, promotional minimalism that accepts every quantum of mitzvah for itself?
At Rishikesh, India, the "medievaMike Hindu pilgrimage town on the Upper Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, he finds himself putting on prayer shawl and phylacteries .
Tefillin, or phylacteries, are black leather boxes containing small sacred scrolls.
Religious professionals are not to broaden their phylacteries or lengthen their prayer tassels to make themselves stand out in public places so they will be greeted with deference and addressed with religious titles like rabbi, teacher or father.
He then removed his prayer shawl and phylacteries and instructed his students to do the same.
Bear in mind that Rashi interpreted this verse as referring to the phylacteries worn on the head.
In one of his most notorious poems, "Before the Statue of Apollo" (Le-Nokhah Pesel Apollo), the poet stands in front of a statue of Apollo and condemns the corruption of Judaism, symbolized by the phylacteries (tefillin) worn in prayer, as a form of enslavement.
Opposite them we see Uri Zvi Greenberg, accountred with phylacteries and sword, cursing both the Author and the play.
In one of Zakheim's images, the imprisoned Salomon is wearing a prayer shawl and phylacteries, which the religious Jew puts on every morning to pray.
To summon up the dead spirit of Chanan's father as the first stage of the exorcism, Rabbi Azriel wears two phylacteries (tefillin), one bound to the forehead and the other to the left hand; and a prayer shawl (talith) over the upper part of his body, comprising a white cloth with black stripes at its two ends.