Monday, March 21, 2005

Action Before Understanding

The arm tefillin represent physical action while the head tefillin represent the intellect. By putting on the arm tefillin first we are reconfirming our complete faith and commitment to Torah. When we accepted the Torah on Sinai - we first said that we would fulfill the Torah then we would listen to what it involves and try to understand its meaning. So too by tefillin, we bind them upon our arm as a sign that we fulfill the mitzvah simply because we were commanded to, then we place the tefillin upon the seat of our intellect - to say that even though we may not (yet) fathom their meaning nevertheless, we place our complete trust in Hashem.

(Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch)


At March 21, 2005 at 10:42:00 AM EST, Blogger Anshel's Wife said...

That is my favorite saying/quote/posuk from the Torah. The Jews said we'd follow the Torah and then figure it out later, or however it goes. I feel that sums up my becoming frum. I believed so strongly in living a Torah life, I still do things that I can't explain why I do them when people ask. I do them because I've been told that that is what I should do.


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