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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tefillin cause a scare in New Zealand

And here we go again.

Once again, we have a scare on public transport because someone has never seen Tefillin. This time it's in New Zealand.
An Israeli tourist visiting New Zealand caused a minor panic on a New Zealand ferry on Sunday after the captain reported to police that a passenger was carrying a "suspicious article," NZTV reported.

Some media in New Zealand even reported a hostage situation aboard the ferry, even though the passenger was cooperative with police, according to the report.

The man was described as wearing what appeared to be "boxes" with "wires taped" to his body. "One individuals had two boxes attached, one box taped to his leg and one box seemingly taped to his forehead," a transportation services spokesman was quoted as saying in the report.

Jewish websites described the man as having worn his tefillin (phylacteries) on the morning ferry voyage.

He was stopped by police at the ferry's destination after it finished crossing the Cook Strait and was released by the police without being charged.
That's better than what happened the last time. See the links above.

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At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leg Tefilin? Who knew?! Perhaps according to the minhag of Toes-fos.

As for the "tape", they must have thought the black leather straps was electric insulation tape. LOL!

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

This is the third or fourth tefillin incident involving travelers that I've read about in recent years. Strange that the various air travel authorities, airlines, etc. don't tell crews what tefillin look like. Diverting a flight costs a lot of money. Ostensibly to avoid the problem entirely, Jordan has a policy of not allowing tefillin in the country! (See http://www.tallit-shop.com/2010/12/tefillin-panic…-zealand-ferry/)


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