The Club of the Tefillin Strappers

This morning, our second son, Squiggy, put on his tefillin in shul with a bracha for the first time. I did not expect to get emotional, but darn it, I am bursting with maternal pride. Watching him wind the straps around his arm, his father and his older brother watching and helping – it was a wonderful feeling and an awesome moment. Watching him daven with the menfolk all similarly tefillined – it’s like he has joined an exclusive club, one that will never have me as a member. But that’s fine. I’m quite happy not to have the obligation.

I watched as he unwrapped the tefillin with care, and slowly, painstakingly, wrapped the straps around his arm. It took a long while for him to be satisfied with how well he did the job. Then he moved on to the shel rosh, taking care not to mess up his hair. I got to watch him daven (through the mechitzah) and really shepped much yiddishe nachas! When it came time to put the tefillin away I watched the oldest take them off and wrap them up and put away in record time, but Squiggy took his time. I remember watching Lenny last year doing the same. I guess you do something day in day out you get better at it and more efficient.

We had a little l’chaim after shul – bagels and juice, nothing major, although there was scotch and vodka. I had none. At 7.30 in the morning?

It was just a perfect morning.

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  1. Gitty Levi says:

    Mazel Tov! What a year!

  2. Raizy says:

    Mazal Tov! There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing your son put on tefillin for the first time. It just fills your heart up with pride.

  3. tom says:

    there is something about those rites of passages that hit home. By the way…I would have gone for the scotch.

  4. Mark says:

    Mazal Tov. What a great milestone! I clearly remember the first time I put on my tefillin, my father and grandfather (and mother and grandmother, but they weren’t there in shul at the time) were bursting with pride! I am a bechor (first son), and was also the first grandchild on both sides. Don’t remember any le’chaim, but maybe there was one.

    I would have also gone for the scotch. Just one small one. Nothing wrong with a little scotch before breakfast.

    Mazal Tov again!!!

  5. Tzvi Haber says:

    Mazel tov! lots of nachas.
    There’s nothing like scotch and herring in the AM by the way. You should try it sometime

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