Monday, August 24, 2009

Not-very halakhically-correct Phylacterium

These sorts of engravings are always interesting. From the second volume of John Spencer's De legibus Hebræorum ritualibus et earum rationibus (1727 edition). There's a much better engraving of this genre as the frontspiece of the הנחתן וחליצתן של תפילין Usus Phylacterior: Judaicor of Matthias Kreher, but that one's not to be found online yet. (It's reached the point where I almost expect to find such volumes.)

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