Flight Recorders Of The Exodus
Exodus 10: 1- 13: 16;
idden from sight on every
airplane is a small black box.
Silently it records the move-
ment of the vehicle as it hurtles
through the sky. No object is imper-
ishable, but this instrument is
designed to preserve essential data
about the passengers' journey through
time and space.
This black box is a new aeronauti-
cal invention, but we Jews have long
carried smaller black boxes called
tefillin on our historic trek through
the millennia. Nearly 2,000 years ago
in the Judean desert, tiny tefillin were
hidden in a cave. Today these black
boxes silently recall the valiant rebel-
lion waged by Simon bar Kokhba,
Rabbi Akiva and many others in 132-
135 CE against the Roman oppres-
Daniel S. Nevins is a rabbi at Adat
Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills.
sors. The rebellion was crushed, but
to love of God.
these tefillin survived and are dis-
Tefillin are designed for tefillah
played in the Israel Museum, remind-
(prayer). They accompany us as we
ing us that the people and Torah of
make our daily ascent on the wings of
Israel have far outlasted the empire
prayer to appear before the divine
and pagan pantheon of ancient Rome.
throne, and our descent to return to
Inside these black boxes are the
ordinary activities in the world. Like
four scriptures or parshiot, two each
the modern black box, the tefillin are
from Exodus and Deuteronomy, where
usually silent, but they have an impor-
this mitzvah is recorded. The
tant message within. They
first two are found in this
are survival tools, reminding
week's portion, and they
us of who we have been in
teach us that the tefillin are a
the past and who we may
reminder on the arm and
between the eyes that "with a
There are, of course, sig-
mighty arm the Lord took
nificant differences. The air-
you out of Egypt." They are
plane's black box is designed
a record of our flight. The
for disasters, whereas the
second two parshiot are
tefillin are meant to be sym-
familiar from the recitation
bols of royalty. When we say
of Shema. They speak of
RABBI DANIEL the morning blessing oteir
tefillin as a measure of our
Yisrael bitifarah, that God
love for God.
Israel with glory, we
Special to the
Tefillin are a potent sym-
to the tefillin.
bol of the covenant — they
The airplane's black box is a
recall what God has done for
passive recorder of the deci-
us and what we are commanded to do
sions made by the crew. The tefillin
for God. They are an outward expres-
are more like a compass, guiding our
sion of the internal Jewish progression
path through the world, filling our
from memory to mitzvot and, finally,
minds with wisdom and our arms
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with greater strength to do God's will.
When I first strapped on the tefill-
in prior to my bar mitzvah, I felt
transported back into an ancient era.
Since that day, my tefillin have trav-
eled the world with me — to Israel;
Egypt and India; to the former Soviet
Union, where we distributed tefillin;
on camping trips; on beaches; and yes,
on airplanes. Each time that I wear
the black boxes, I try to remember the
path of our people's journey from
slavery to the final redemption.
As we read Bo, let us remember not
only what God did for us in ancient
Egypt, but also what we are able to do
for God, completing the work of
redemption through our own acts of
loyalty and love. LI
It would have been plausible to
interpret this mitzvah allegorical-
ly. Why did Judaism take it so
literally, teaching us to strap the
words to our body?
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