Virtual Tefillin Tour for Oholei Torah

Students in Oholei Torah were treated to a live demonstration of the making of tefillin with Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin of Machon Stam.

By reporter

Last week, Rabbi Yehoshua Lustig, Menahel of Oholei Torah’s 5, 6 and 7th grades, organized a virtual visit to Crown Heights’ Machon Stam, enabling students to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of tefillin.

Over 160 boys left their homes and Zoomed in to Crown Heights’ Machon Stam, where Sofer Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin gave a masterful presentation of the process.

Beginning with the parchment, Rabbi Raskin described the soaking of the animal hide in lime, thereby removing hairs and dirt and turning it into a material suitable for writing.

“We showed the boys the different stages of the batim,” Rabbi Raskin told “They watched how the klaf is prepared, how the parshiyos go inside and how they are sewn up.”

The tour featured an interactive side too, with the students challenged to find mistakes in pictures of tefillin and post their answers.

Rabbi Raskin ended the tour by showing the boys a fun way to practise safrus at home and encouraging them to give it a try – perhaps they have it in them to become sofrim one day!

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