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July 11, 2014  RSS feed
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Florida rabbi reunites tefillin with owners


One of seven tefillin bags posted on Facebook in an attempt to find the owners One of seven tefillin bags posted on Facebook in an attempt to find the owners (JTA) — The owner of the last of seven pairs of tefillin discovered by a Florida rabbi at a store that sells the contents of unclaimed airline baggage has been located. The religious item belongs to an Israeli man who was traveling last December between Mexico and Denver when his suitcase went missing, the news website Vos Iz Neis reported.

Rabbi Uri Pilichowski of Boca Raton was on vacation when he visited the store in Scottsboro, AL, looking for cheap cell phones and found the sets of tefillin, the New York Daily News reported. The rabbi bought the religious items, worth hundreds of dollars, for $45 each. He then posted photos of the bags in which they were stored on Facebook in an attempt to find the owners.

Six of the seven pairs were claimed in less than a week, with four of the owners living in the New York area, one in Israel and one in Los Angeles, according to Vos Iz Neis.

The owner of the last pair was discovered last week after an Israeli friend of the Pilichowski family reposted the photos of the tefillin bag on Facebook and did some legwork to discover the owner, including speaking to the sofer who had last checked the tefillin and knew who was the owner.


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