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Of course, the most important of all qualities of the scribe is righteousness. Without fear of heaven and a commitment to piety, what the scribe produces is spiritually substandard and lacks holiness. And my interactions with Rabbi Raskin have shown me that is a man of high integrity and absolute religious commitment.

It’s unfortunate that we who are observant Jews often perform mitzvos without much contemplation, and the profound effect of wearing tefillin or affixing a mezuzah is lost on us. Even less do we fully appreciate the skill and labor that goes into the writing of Tefillin in the first place, and the indispensability of its meticulous preparation from the holy effects to follow.

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