Sorry to make a bad rhyme in the title. Since the snowfall here in Suffolk County caused us to cancel morning minyan today and also led me to reschedule the "Who Wants to be a Minyannaire?" program for tonight to next Friday (the topic remains, "Objects in the Synagogue") I thought I would try to pull all that together into a little message:
We are told at the end of this portion about wearing tefillin. In 13:9 we are told to wear them "as a sign". Rabbi Akiva asks about this - "if so, why not wear them on Shabbat and holidays?" The answer is that Shabbat and holidays are signs in themselves.
So those of you missing the program tonight - you learned something here about tefillin - that we only wear them during the week. Those of you missed minyan this morning (and thus couldn't wear your tefilling here, though I hope you did at home!), you can come tomorrow and enjoy the "sign" of Shabbat. And those you looking to learn something in the blog about the weekly parshah - well, you're set, too.
Be safe and Shabbat Shalom!