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June 14, 2011

Mysterious Group Sends Knesset Staffers Text Messages Telling Them To Put On Tefillin To "Bring The Redemption," Staffers Fight Back, Win

Tefillin “The Light for Tefillin” sent text messages at 7 am each weekday telling Knesset staffers to put on tefillin to "bring the Redemption." The staffers didn't like it. The group wouldn't stop it. The police refused to get involved. And then one staffer had a very smart idea.

 

According to the Jerusalem Post, for the past few weeks, Knesset staffers received daily 7 am text messages from an organization called “The Light for Tefillin,” urging them to put on tefillin to "bring the Redemption."

The staffers asked this organization to stop, but it did not.

So they went to police who told them that, as annoying as this harassment was, it was not illegal.

It was then that Lior Finkel had an idea.

The aide to Meretz MK Ilan Gilon put on tefillin, took a picture and sent the picture to “The Light for Tefillin."

The 7 am messages stopped cold.

Here is a picture of Lior Finkel wearing tefillin:

Lior Finkel tefillin
[Hat Tip: Seymour.]

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If would be more interesting if she had on only a bikini

If it was good enough for Rashi's daughters, it's good enough for her.

Interesting idea, but she forgot to take the protective boxes off... Perhaps then, she hasn't really transgressed the prohibition of women wearing tefillin (or at least if they do wear them, it automatically becomes a life-long committment).

Look what she did?

The Moshiach will now have to be a Female and a Blonde.

Or Schnierson will have to be the redeemer from inside his coffin, because she didn't take the Tifilin out of its box.

religious zealot idiots are destroying our whole planet

Good start. Should have been wearing just tefillin and a strategically placed tallis

She seems to have gone out of her way not to have put on tefillin - she left the boxes on and the straps are reversed from the shel Rosh and she didn't wind the straps on her arm. She might not want to start putting on tefillin for the rest of her life as noted above

Is she actually wearing real Tefilin? from the picture it seems like they re the "outside" boxes - the ones you put on for protections after taking off the Tefilin.

(BTW, it seems like non-religious women love putting on tefilin (reform, conservative, kneset staff etc if only men would be as eager... :))

If [sic] would be more interesting if she had on only a bikini Posted by: OMG | June 14, 2011 at 04:22 PM

This woman found a clever and effective way of communicating to some pests (they were asked to desist). Why, in the process, should she demean herself and the tefillin? I guess she's not a hater like you.

HAHAH She really missed the point, she put on the cover boxes not tefillin itself!

Man from Jewland, hoping to visit America soon!

what a great move!!

Hmmm....7 AM Jerusalem time is about the time Harold Camping finishes with his radio broadcast. You think the messages stopped the night Harold Camping suffered a stroke?

Posted by: Alex | June 14, 2011 at 06:55 PM

I guess you would not recognize a joke even if it were served on a silver platter.

Harold Camping might've inspired the Knesset tefillin phone call prank...

She made her point. I doubt that her point would've been any more effective had she worn the tefillin "correctly".

>>transgressed the prohibition of women wearing tefillin (or at least if they do wear them, it automatically becomes a life-long committment).

What?? what prohibition?? what committment(sic)?? There is no need to spread misinformation.

This episode is a Pandora ’s Box, excuse the phylacteries based pun. The ultra-observant will scream blue murder that a woman is daring to wear tfillin. Whilst the traditional/secular crowd will be laughing at the faux-piousness of the Hasidim. What this episode does raise is the very important question...

Can the 613 Mitzvot be rated in order of importance ?

Two possibilities :

(a) It is possible to explain the relative importance of all the Mitzvot codified by Maimonides.

(b) They are all equal but are not all being fulfilled because the Holy Land is not ready yet, but good Jews should perform as many of the Mitzvot as possible.

Some fascinating questions are raised by this episode. Is the texters urging justified because they are attempting to raise the spiritual level of fellow Jews ? Is the woman being justifiably provocative to prick the pompous balloon of the obsessively observant ?

P.S. Did you know that the Rambam left out many Mitzvot contained in the Pentateuch ? i.e. The one about carrying a paddle outside the camp.

"The ultra-observant will scream blue murder that a woman is daring to wear tfillin. Whilst the traditional/secular crowd will be laughing at the faux-piousness of the Hasidim."

My daughter wears tfillin as do several of her female friends. So do several women at my shul.

Ms Finkel can certainly keep wearing tfillin. I would advise her to learn the correct brachot, and to begin to daven every day. There are some really nice Masorti shuls in yerushaliyim that would welcome her. She could even join Women of the Wall.

I note that she seems to have assumed the texts did not themselves come from Masorti Jews. I know that I think her wearing tfillin WILL help bring redemption.

"(BTW, it seems like non-religious women love putting on tefilin (reform, conservative, kneset staff etc if only men would be as eager... :))"


the only masorti women I know who put on tefilin (other than as part of their Bat Mitzvah ceremony) are quite "religious". The non religious ones skip morning minyan, like their male counterparts.

"If it was good enough for Rashi's daughters, it's good enough for her."

hear, hear!

Why so many comments in amazement that she has them in the boxes??? I think it is quite obvious she left them in on purpose - just as she also doesn't have it wrapped on her arm correctly, NOR is the Rosh placed on her head properly.

dirty whore.. i hope she suffers

She has the hel yad wrapped sephardic style.

sorry should read shel yad

To american_hater,

Your words are disgusting. Don't ever call a woman those words again. Every woman has a true self of purity, innocence and freedom. Male use, abuse and objectification of woman has been going on since year dot. The schechina does not lie in a small black box. It rests in the soul of every person.

To American Hater,

Is it nice to talk about your mother that way?

To A_H... dude, chill out. I think she was suffering enough from the harassing e-mails from clowns like you.

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