A sign on your hand
A symbol between your eyes
As this week’s portion ends, we find two similar passages:
And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead —in order that the Teaching of God may be in your mouth—that with a mighty hand Adonai freed you from Egypt.
And so it shall be as a sign upon your hand and as a symbol on your forehead that with a mighty hand Adonai freed us from Egypt.
These words are familiar to us from Torah verses that are included in the V’ehavta prayer (Deuteronomy 6:8) and is considered a source for the commandment to lay tefillin.
Here’s this week’s haiku in Hebrew, with transliteration.
אות אל ידכה
טוטפת בין עיניך
Ot al yadecha
Totafot bein einecha
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