phylactery


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phylactery

Judaism either of the pair of blackened square cases containing parchments inscribed with biblical passages, bound by leather thongs to the head and left arm, and worn by Jewish men during weekday morning prayers
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The two scrolls found inside the phylactery case were originally discovered in 1952, but had apparently never been investigated.
The case worn on the head contains four scrolls in individual compartments, while the arm phylactery holds one scroll.
Phylacteries are small black leather boxes containing parchment inscribed with Torah verses, and phylactery straps (like those depicted) are used to strap the boxes to the upper arm and forehead of observant Jewish males during morning prayers.
And black calfskin-encased phylactery prayer boxes were now fastened by leather thongs to his forehead as well as woven around his left arm and hand; the box at his scalp had a tiny trickle of smoke that smelled of fired tobacco leaves seeping from its base where it touched his skin, rising to the fluorescent-lighted ceiling of the banquet hall.
Since the forehead is seen as the site of one's intellect and capacity for understanding, it is where the phylactery of the head is to be worn.
The volume includes a small number of black and white photographs and contains a glossary of relevant unusual terms such as lianhuanua and phylactery.
But if I look, though not too closely, not wanting to touch anything that still resembles flesh, I hear something, still, that comes out of him in the form of words, like the phylactery of the mouth of an angel, or a speech bubble in a comic strip.