The Secret Of The Tefilin - סוד התפילין
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The Secret of Tefilin
Rav Ronen Neuwirth, Rav Shaliach Mercazi
וְהָיָה כִי יְבִיאֲךָ ה' אֶל אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי ... וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת עַל יָדְךָ וּלְזִכָּרוֹן בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ לְמַעַן תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת ה' בְּפִיךָ ...
וְהָיָה כִּי יְבִאֲךָ ה' אֶל אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי כַּאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לְךָ וְלַאֲבֹתֶיךָ וּנְתָנָהּ לָךְ:... וְהָיָה לְאוֹת עַל יָדְכָה וּלְטוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ כִּי בְּחֹזֶק יָד הוֹצִיאָנוּ ה' מִמִּצְרָיִם:
“And it shall be when the LORD shall bring you into the land of the Canaanite…
And it shall be for a sign to you upon your hand, and for a remembrance between your eyes, that the Torah of the LORD may be in your mouth…
And it shall be when the LORD shall bring you into the land of the Canaanite, as he promised your ancestors, and he will give the Land to you…And it shall be for a sign upon your hand, and for frontlets between your eyes; for by strength of his arm of the LORD, He brought us forth out of Egypt…(Shemot 13:5,9,11,16)
Twice in our Parasha we encounter the same phenomenon – wherever the Mitzvah of Tefilin is mentioned in the Torah, it is always preceded by a verse that relates to the entrance of Am Yisrael to Eretz
Why is the Mitzvah of Tefilin more related to Eretz
Rav Kook, in his essay on the Tefilin, provides a profound insight on this matter. The secret of the Tefilin lies within the verse that describes the goal of the Tefilin : “למען תהיה תורת ה' בפיך” “so that the Torah of Hashem will be in your mouth.” The Tefilin, says Rav Kook, are designated to inject and infuse Kedusha (sacredness) into our physical entity – our own flesh and blood. Therefore we are instructed to put the Tefilin directly upon our body without any חציצה (physical barrier between the skin and the tefillin.) The Tefilin, which are made of the skin of a kosher animal, brings the Kedusha directly from the Tefilin through our skin and straight into our body. Perhaps, that is the reason why there is a unique Halacha regarding the Tefilin which rules that “תפילין צריכים גוף נקי” - i.e. Tefilin requires bodily purity. While most of the commandments are addressed to our soul in order to bypass bodily interference, the Mitzvah of Tefilin, in particular, is addressed to our body, and is aimed to uplift it and make it more spiritual.
This is exactly the secret of “Eretz Israel”. The difference between Eretz
The Mitzvah of Tefilin is supposed to teach us the secrets of Torat Eretz
“עשה מצוה זו שבשבילה תיכנס לארץ”.