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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5 responses to “The Club of the Tefillin Strappers

  1. Mazel Tov! What a year!

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

  4. 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. 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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