New Life #690 – The Meaning of Putting on Tefillin
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The physical act of putting on Tefillin is just a symbol of spiritual communication with the higher power. The Tefillin symbolize the correction that we must make in heart and mind to communicate with the higher power.The general egoistic desire is divided into 613 desires that we must correct with love for others. Thought only serves desire; so we must correct the desire.
The contents of the Tefillin are four Parshiot (sections) that correspond to the name HaVaYaH, and through this we are asking the upper force to help us love others.
Putting Tefillin on in the morning expresses a desire to receive the power to correct ourselves throughout the day.
Putting on Tefillin doesn’t correct in itself; rather, the correction depends on a person’s intentions and actions. And that is how it is with all the physical Mitzvot (commandments); they only come as a reminder that it is necessary to carry out internal acts of correction.
The Jewish people attain the spiritual world, and they perform the Mitzvot of Tefillin according to branch and root: “And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand” (Deuteronomy 6:8)—the left hand symbolizes the ego that must be corrected, “and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:8)—when a person corrects his heart and mind he resembles the Creator. This is to say, the Tefillin symbolize all the Mitzvot, the correction of heart and mind thanks to which the person discovers the higher reality.
From KabTV’s “New Life #690 – The Meaning Of Putting On Tefillin,” 2/11/16
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