Friday, November 30, 2007
Should one be mafsik his tefillah or Face Bomb Sniffing Dogs?
I was talking with A Simple Jew about this article about a man who was wearing Tefillin on a Chicago train. The other passengers thought it was a bomb and his teffilin straps were wires. When the conductor tried to speak to him, he didn't answer because it would have been a hefsek in his teffilah. This raised the alarms even more and they stopped the train and brought on bomb sniffing dogs. It was a major disruption.
What's the halacha on this? Can't one be mafsik his Shemoneh Esreh or his Birchos Krias Shema to prevent others from thinking that he is about to commit mass murder against them? Another angle: Isn't it less of a hefsek to interupt davening for a moment to explain than to try to daven while other passengers are screaming that he's a terrorist and being chased by bomb sniffing dogs? Anyone who has knowledge about the halacha in this field?
(Picture of a young man putting on teffilin on a plane courtesy of WebShots)
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