And You Shall Bind Them as a Sign: A Creation Kavannah for Wrapping Tefillin Straps

close up of light skinned man's arm wrapped in tefillin as he holds a siddur and wears a tallit
The following seven “bindings” may be recited while wrapping the tefillin straps, one “binding” with one wrap around the arm.
I bind myself to light and darkness, brightness and night.I bind myself to You.I bind myself to clouds and sky, upper waters and lower waters.I bind myself to You.I bind myself to endless seashores, mosses, and fragrant trees.I bind myself to You.I bind myself to moon and stars, Milky Way and brilliant sun.I bind myself to You.I bind myself to blue whale and minnow, woodpecker and calling geese.I bind myself to You.I bind myself to dragonflies and buffalo, my self and my beloved.I bind myself to You.I bind myself to peace and songs of praise, wholeness and breath.I bind myself to You.A Shorter tefillin-wrapping accompaniment:מציאות הדבריםערבות וענניםיבשות וצמחיםלבנה וכוכביםעופות ודגיםחיות ואנשיםבשבת נחיםWorld comes to beand atmosphere,greenery and seas,heavenly spheres,sea creatures, sky creatures,humans and land creatures.Sabbath of peace.

Ritualwell content is available for free thanks to the generous support of readers like you! Please help us continue to offer meaningful content with a donation today. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Rituals

Shop Ritualwell - Discover unique Judaica products

The Reconstructionist Network

Learning to Say "We": Writing Identity

In this immersion, we will reflect and expand on our personal experiences of identity, using writing exercises and in-depth discussions to think about, challenge, discover, explore, and experiment with different ways to identify ourselves, to consider how those ways connect us to and separate us from others, and how they represent and misrepresent aspects of who we are.

Four sessions, starting June 15th

Get the latest from Ritualwell

Subscribe for the latest rituals, online learning opportunities, and unique Judaica finds from our store.