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ANCIENT RITE TO BLESS BIRTH

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 Barry needed to collect a few things at his local Jewish kosher supermarket. Jeremy, the Orthodox shop owner has become a family friend over the past 7 years. Just before Barry left the shop, he felt the need to tell Jeremy that soon he was to become a grandfather. "His face lit up, and as he was walking with me to my car, for the first time in our friendship he asked would I share in a mitzvah (a religious good deed) and put on tefillin to bless the birth." Tefillin are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. They are worn by male observant Jews during weekday morning prayers. Barry accepted the invitation. "I knew then that God's mitzvah was not only to be presented on my forehead and my arm but He had placed His divine mitzvah upon my heart." Barry said that Jeremy was fully aware that he and his family were followers of Yeshua as Messiah.