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Street Bar Mitzvah in Zhmerynka - Roving Rabbis

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Uploaded on Jul 3, 2010

Two young Chabad Rabbis don Teffillin on a man, for his very first time in the streets of Zhmerynka, Ukraine. They are part of an international program under the umbrella organisation "Merkos" that sends young Rabbis around the globe to spread Judaism to unaffiliated or semi-affiliated Jews. Such an occasion is often referred to as a "Karkafta" by Chabad Chassidim. A Karkafta is one who has not yet donned Teffillin in his lifetime. It mostly refers to someone who did not yet don the Teffillin at age 13 (Bar Mitzvah age). Hence, although in this video, the gentleman is obviously above thirteen years of age, nonetheless it is still his Bar Mitzvah.
Teffillin is mentioned in the Torah (Old Testament), and donning it daily (except on Shabbat and Jewish festivals) is a biblical requirement for all Jewish men above the age of thirteen. It symbolizes the subjugation of ones heart and mind to G-d.

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