Q. I found a set of tefillin on sale in a second hand store. Should I have bought them?
The stall holder had no idea what they were, but sold them to me for ten shillings (50 pence), not that I lacked tefillin but I didn’t want to leave these ones at the mercy of fate.
I put them in the shule g’nizah – the outworn religious items that were sent for burial from time to time.
Had I checked and found them kosher, I would have used them or given them to someone who needed tefillin.
I might then have dreamt about where they had been and whether they had an interesting history.
I only hope they did not come from a Bar-Mitzvah boy who decided he would not lay his tefillin but deliberately mislay them…