JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Laying tefillin on board ship #general

Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

In article <1147333376.4462eb0075e81@...>,
IsraelP <IsraelP@...> wrote:

We have a case of a thirteen year old boy who travelled to the US with his
father in 1900, but to save money he was listed as eleven years old.

My first thought was "What about his tefillin?" Would it have caused a
problem is he had been "caught" doing what an eleven year old shouldn't be
doing, thus giving away the cheating on price? Would anyone have cared?
Would he have been able to do so off in a corner where no one would notice?
Or did he perhaps learn a lesson about saving money even at the cost of
religious obsevrance?
Do you think the ship's officers would remember who had a child's
ticket, and what they looked like, and would notice what somebody
praying in a corner was wearing, and would know at what age Jewish boys
start wearing tefillin? It seems to me like a rather far-fetched
concern.

Robert Israel israel@...
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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