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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 22:40:18 -0400 (EDT) Subject: RE: Why we don't wear Tefillin Chaiim Mateh v33n41 writes about why we do not wear tefillin >>AFAIK, we need also guf noki (clean body) when wearing Tfillin, which means that even passing gas is considered guf not noki. Since we cannot prevent such things for long periods of time (how they did it in days gone by, I dunno), the time of Tfillin wearing was restricted to the short period of morning davening. Women, by nature, have other bodily>>> I find this reasoning strange and not fully accurate. 1) The **biblical mitzvah** is to "wear tefillin" period. Obviously you take them off for Bodily functions and this is a rabbinic commandment of showing respect. But it would not make sense to totally abrogate the Biblical commandment for the sake of the rabbinic commandment of 'respect for holy objects'. 2) As Chaiim himself notes in ancient days they wore them all day despite the fact that they might occasionally pass intestinal gas. (In passing, a person on a healthy diet can avoid ever passing intestinal gas). 3) I have heard that the reason we dont wear tefillin arose during the Roman persecution (Just as eg we did not study Torah openly or delayed saying shma till the Mosaf Kedushah when the Roman spys left the synagogue) Personally, if say, I know that I am spending a whole Sunday studying (eg answering a backlog of Mail-Jewishes) then I will not hesitate to wear Tefillin (in my house) and during such times I will eat light snacks (to the best of my knowledge and belief there is no real prohibition against eating in tefillin if your mind is still on Torah). Finally I once heard from Rabbi Saul Berman (in passing) "If wearing Tefillin all day were reinstituted perhaps the higher awareness of Kedusha would help curtail some of the violations of business ethics in the Jewish community" Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA; Dept of Math Towson University Moderator Rashi is SImple http://www.RashiYomi.Com/ Surfing the Talmudic Sea