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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A vcery interesting social phenomenon...

...is taking place in the Orthodox world on campus.  Socially, not during services but after, slowly but surely I seem to be becoming a guy.  The guys talk to me and include me in their conversations over bagels after minyan.  It is as if I have crossed gender lines and putting on tefillin publicly in the morning makes me a man.

The girls, on the other hand, are lost and confused at best.  They don't understand why I need to put on tefillin at all, let alone in public, and some of them are getting...I think awkward is the best word, and distant.

I honestly don't understand what the big fuss is about.  Everybody knew that I put on tefillin in my room.  Tefillin in my room, tefillin with a minyan; what on earth is the difference?

One of my roommates commented last night that she just didn't understand why I felt the need to do this publicly.  So I stared her down and asked, "I don't know.  Why do men need to do it publicly?" Her answer was that you "need a minyan for so many things," so I simply responded, "Exactly."

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