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Noah Puts on Tefillin For The First Time

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

When you put on tefillin for the first time, it is like your bar mitzvah. Why only “like” your bar mitzvah, and not really your bar mitzvah? “Bar mitzvah” means “son of the commandments.” When a Jewish boy turns 13 years-old, the Torah considers him to be mature enough to be trusted with the commandments that G-d has given us. The mitzvah of tefillin is one of the first commandments that he becomes privileged to fulfill. If, for some reason, his years go by without him ever having put on tefillin, he is still a bar mitzvah, but he is one has not yet fulfilled the commandment to put on tefillin.

When a soul passes on to the Next World, there will be an accounting of all that it did and did not do while it was here. One of the questions on the Jewish man’s checklist will be, “Did you put on tefillin?” Even if the soul can answer, “Yes, I put them on once,” that soul will be saved from the deepest embarrassment that will be experienced by a soul who never put them on.

But, in this picture Noah is the Jew on the right. Yes, this is the first time he has ever put tefillin on, that is, it is the first time he has ever put tefillin on someone else!

The soul of a Jew who put tefillin on his own arm (even one time) is saved from the embarrassment that will come to a Jew who never cared enough to fulfill this mitzvah. Then surely, by putting tefillin on another Jew’s arm (even one time) Noah has saved himself from the embarrassment that will come to a Jew who never cared enough to help his fellow Jew fulfill this mitzvah.

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