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Chaim Kofinas adjusts the tefillin

Father Chaim Kofinas adjusts the tefillin on his son’s head, thus helping him fulfill the commandment “And you shall bind them as a sign upon your arm, and they shall be as totafot between your eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:8), an obligation that begins when one become a Bar Mitzvah. Many years earlier Chaim also celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue.

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