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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Goofy Tefillin Boxes

Further to this post....

If you were bar mitzvah or a teen around the turn of the century, chances are that you bought or received as a gift, a tefillin box made in Beit El (the "T'fidanit") that looked like a cross between a camera case and a water canteen.

Now that you're in your twenties, don't you feel goofy?



  • At 12:58 PM, Blogger uberimma said…

    I think they're really cool, actually. Practical and much less goofy than carrying around fancy embroidered velvet in an icky vinyl bag everywhere.

  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As I unfortunately found out on kayak-camping trip this summer, they are not exactly waterproof either. More like water-resistant. I needed a new pair of batim when I got home.

  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    One man's goofy is another woman's cool.

  • At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    totally agree with you MOC. It doesnt matter if there's 10 feet of snow outside, u use those tefillin boxes it looks like ur off to camp or a tiyul or something.Brad

  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger tnspr569 said…

    Sorry to say, but I find myself disagreeing with you, MoC.

    Using my tefidanit really doesn't bother me...the water bottle jokes stopped coming years ago. My tefidanit has sentimental value, as well.

    Many people are now using those black-and-clear cases over the traditional fabric ones for their tefillin; the big feature is a carrying handle. This case looks quite ugly - at least the tefidanit has a bit of color. AND the tefidanit's mirror is very nicely sized :)

  • At 7:21 AM, Blogger Jewish Deaf Motorcycling Dad said…

    Wow, I might order one of these. I sometimes put my Tefillin/Tallis in my motorcycle saddlebags, but worry about the vibrations of the bike damaging them or the velvet cover. This may be just the ticket!

  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Jewboy said…

    I never got those either. When people come into shul with them I'm expecting them to pour some coffee out of them or something.

  • At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    every time I see one- I think of climbing Masada.

    Have you seen the talis bag attachment? Once you get married- it's time for a Big Boy Bag.


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