Photos of the Rebbe’s tefillin knots were published for the first time in a newly-published sefer, showing a unique style of making the kesher. Anash.org commissioned a sofer to explain the details.
By Anash.org reporter
A long-standing debate about the Chabad custom of making the kesher of tefillin shel rosh was reignited this week when photos of the Rebbe’s tefillin keshorim were published for the first time.
The photos were published in the newly released sefe ‘Halichos Menachem’ – a compilation of the Rebbe’s minhagim and hanhagos published by Heichal Menachem in Yerushalayim. The first volume, which just arrived from the binder this week, covers the minhagim of the morning and davening.
One of the chapters in the new sefer discusses the Rebbe’s minhagim regarding tefillin, including a discussion of the keshorim in the Rebbe’s tefillin. To help visualize the unique kesher in the tefillin, the authors included something that had never been published before: photos of the Rebbe’s tefillin keshorim.
The photos were taken by the staff at the Rebbe’s library, where the tefillin are kept, alongside the tefillin of the Frierdiker Rebbe and earlier Rebbeim. The Rebbe donned four pairs of tefillin – Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam, Shimusha Rabba and Raavad, with the latter two being only shel rosh together with the shel yad of Rashi or Rabbeinu Tam, respectively. The librarians took photos of the keshorim in all four tefillin shel rosh, which can be seen in the gallery below.
The photos show a very unique type of kesher, one that is only done by select sofrim, with most doing the kesher in a different manner. Over the years, there has been much debate about the kesher, with renowned sofrim such as Rabbi Mendel Aronov a”h and Rabbi Dovid Mendelbaum staking out positions on the matter. These photos may put a rest to those debates.
To explain the uniqueness of the Rebbe’s kesher, how it is different from the ‘regular’ kesher and how one can make this kesher on their own, Anash.org commissioned sofer mumche Rabbi Avremel Fried of Crown Heights.
Rabbi Fried explains each detail and the entire process of the kesher and highlights the differences between it and the kesher in most tefillins. Watch below.
VIDEO: What is Unique About the Rebbe’s Tefillin