phylactery


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a small object worn or kept for its supposed magical power

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(Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin)

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This personal connection is then cemented by winding the straps attached to the phylactery of the arm around it seven times, corresponding to the seven blessings recited during a Jewish wedding ceremony, then three more times around one's middle finger, where the wedding ring is placed, forming the Hebrew letters, shin, daled, and yod, which comprise the Hebrew word "Shadday" or Almighty.
The volume includes a small number of black and white photographs and contains a glossary of relevant unusual terms such as lianhuanua and phylactery.
But if I look, though not too closely, not wanting to touch anything that still resembles flesh, I hear something, still, that comes out of him in the form of words, like the phylactery of the mouth of an angel, or a speech bubble in a comic strip.
Wrapping himself in his tallit, laying his tefillin with a series of practiced gestures, "the second phylactery high on his forehead, like a miner's light," her father's immersion in the daily rituals before leaving for his job on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange was an unquestioned part of his professional identity, and by extension it defined and protected the family.
For the most part they are perceived, in this vision, as just another marginal pursuit like motor-racing or phylactery.
The introduction eschews the weary semantics of "magic" versus "religion" for a comparison of various categories of physical charm (talisman, phylactery, and others) in terms of formal features and ancient nomenclature.