We are living in an era when the boundaries of Orthodoxy are being tested at the edges, particularly regarding the old distinctions between male and female. Our broader society tells us that male-female distinctions are discriminatory and we, the Orthodox, have become increasingly uncomfortable with the positions and traditions of our own religion. Many of us have come to believe that what we received as a Mesorah on these issues represents
Exploring the mitzvah of tefillin offers us a chance to appreciate one of the most profound positive commandments in the Torah. Tefillin are called an אות (a sign) testifying to our mission as Jews and our eternal covenant with God. Tefillin serve to remind us of such fundamental concepts as God’s Unity, His Providence, reward... Read more »