Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tfilin Bomber

By now I’m sure everyone has heard of the latest Tfilin bomber in what seems to be a growing trend, this time on the Inter-Island Ferry in new Zealand.

I have a friend who used to work on the Inter-Islander before moving to Israel and becoming a Breslover (see picture). I suppose that it’s a shame that he no longer works there, looks like he could have provided some much needed cultural training.

And a quick word of advice – anyone who is travelling and needs to lay Tfilin in a strange place such as an airport, airplane, boat or train (and I’ve davened with Tfilin in all those places in the past), you may want to do yourself a favour and before you daven look around for a security officer or employee, explain to them that you need to pray, and ask them if there is an out-of-the way location where you could pray in private without causing any alarm or disturbing others. No guarantee that you still wont find yourself involved in the next Tfilin-scare, but at least you can claim that it wasn’t your fault.

1 comment:

Garnel Ironheart said...

I find it's so variable from airport to airport.
One airport I travel through one a year never even asks what my tallis bag is when I go through security. Another insists on pulling it out and opening it.
The best was when I went through my local airport and one guard started to question me. His senior came over and interrupted. "Don't worry, I know this guy's rabbi. the stuff's legit."