“When I arrived from Serbia three years ago, I didn’t speak Russian, but the Jewish school welcomed me with love. The language wasn’t the only thing unfamiliar. I remember the first time I put on Tefillin. ‘What are these boxes,’ I thought to myself. I was clueless!”
“They mean a lot more to me today.”
Dovid takes out his new Tefillin, a gift from the Rabbi. You can smell the fresh paint as he puts them on for the first time.
“Shema Yisroel Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echod.”
He finishes praying and gently removes his Tefillin.
“Praying with Tefillin has become a meaningful part of my daily life,” says Dovid, “but wearing my own is completely different. It’s an indescribable feeling.”