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The Torah In Haiku: Bo

The Torah In Haiku: Bo


 

 
 
 
 
A sign on your hand
A symbol between your eyes
Tefillin mitzvah
 
 
 
 
 
As this week's portion ends, we find two similar passages:
 
Exodus 13:9
And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead -in order that the Teaching of God may be in your mouth-that with a mighty hand Adonai freed you from Egypt.
 
Exodus 13:16
And so it shall be as a sign upon your hand and as a symbol on your forehead that with a mighty hand Adonai freed us from Egypt.
 
These words are familiar to us from Torah verses that are included in the V'ehavta prayer (Deuteronomy 6:8) and is considered a source for the commandment to lay tefillin.
 
Here's this week's haiku in Hebrew, with transliteration.
 
אות אל ידכה
טוטפת בין עיניך
מצות תפילין
 
Ot Al Yadecha
Totafot bein einecha
Mitzvat tefillin

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL. He blogs at The Torah in Haiku.

Ed Nickow

Published: 1/15/2016

Categories: Learning, Torah Study

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