Tefillin are two small boxes containing hand-scribed biblical verses and the leather straps attached to them. They are an essential part of the traditional morning prayer services of Orthodox Jews. They are worn on the head and arm, wrapped in a traditional manner, to be close to the mind and heart.
I've always wanted to do a project on this interesting and beautiful Jewish tradition, but I was never in a place with many Orthodox Jews. Now, I have my chance. I will focus on doing a multimedia presentation, something that utilizes the visuals, the ambient sound of prayer and audio of an in-depth explanation by a Rabbi. These are a few shots from my first visit to the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ. I plan on visiting a few different shul's for a better visual variety and diversity of participants.
a photoblog by ben fredman
Tuesday, June 26, 2007