From the time he turns thirteen, the Jewish male puts on tefillin every day, but for most people the mitzvah is still a mysterious and intriguing one. What is the significance of tefillin? How do those small black boxes and long black straps symbolize the Jews' connection to G-d? Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Emanuel, a well-known London educator, has compiled an important and fascinating look at the mitzvah of tefillin, showing us how this ritual is a link to G-d and to the history and destiny of the Jewish people. Each of the minute physical details of the mitzvah signifies a special relationship between the Jews, Torah, and G-d. Wearing tefillin is a reflection on this world of a greater spiritual realm: more than mere symbolism, every facet of tefillin connects with life's spiritual aspects. Why do we wear tefillin on the weaker arm? Why don't we put them on Shabbos? Why don't women wear tefillin? What is meant when we talk of G-d's tefillin? In answering these and many more questions, Rabbi Emanuel gives us a new and profound understanding of this vital mitzvah, showing us how each time we put on tefillin we reconnect with the eternity of the Jewish people. "Tefillin: The Inside Story" is an important book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the daily ritual of tefillin and of our Jewish heritage, whether he is putting tefillin on for the very first time or has a lifetime of the mitzvah behind him.
by Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Emanuel