Tefillin, Ktiv hasar 2018
Installation and performance
5 paper rolls, each 60cm X 4 meter



Tefillin (Askhenazic: /ˈtfɪlɪn/; Israeli Hebrew: [tfiˈlin], תפילין), are a set of small black leather boxes
containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. In Rabbinic Judaism (...)
tefillin are worn by observant adult Jewish males during weekday morning prayers (...) The arm-
tefillah, or shel yad, is placed on the upper arm, and the strap wrapped around the arm/hand, hand
and fingers; while the head-tefillah or shel rosh, is placed above the forehead. The Torah commands
that they should be worn to serve as a "sign" and "remembrance" that God brought the children of
Israel out of Egypt.The tefillin are to serve as a reminder of God's intervention at the time of the
Exodus from Egypt.(...) The Sefer ha-Chinuch (14th century) adds that the purpose of tefillin is to
help subjugate a person's worldly desires and encourage spiritual development. (...) Many have the
custom to have high quality tefillin and beautiful tefillin bags as a Hiddur Mitzvah. This idea comes
from the verse "This is my God and I will glorify Him" (Exodus 15:2)(...)Some non-onthodox scholars
think that tefillin may play an apotropaic function. (...) The manufacturing processes of both the
boxes and the parchment scrolls are intricate and governed by hundreds of detailed rules.(...) The
texts have to be written with halachically acceptable (acceptable according to Jewish law) ink on
halachically acceptable parchment. There are precise rules for writing the texts and any error
invalidates it. it can take a scribe as long as 15 hours to write a complete set. The scribe is required
to purify himself in the mikvah (ritual bath) before he starts work.(...) The four biblical passages
which refer to the tefillin (...) The duty of laying tefillin rests upon Jews after the age of thirteen
years.(...) Originally tefillin were worn all day, but not during the night. Nowadays the prevailing
custom is to wear them only during the weekday morning service,[47] although some individuals
wear them at other times during the day as well.(...)
From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tefillin





Ktiv hasar niqqud (Hebrew pronunciation: [ktiv ħaˈsaɾ niˈkkud]; Hebrew: כתיב חסר ניקוד‎, literally
"spelling lacking niqqud"), colloquially known as ktiv male (IPA: [ktiv maˈle]; Hebrew: כתיב מלא‎,
literally "full spelling"), are the rules for writing Hebrew without vowel pointers (niqqud)(...) In
vowelled text, the niqqud indicate the correct vowels, but when the niqqud is missing, the text is
difficult to read, and the reader must make use of the context of each word to know the correct
reading. (...) A typical example of a Hebrew text written in ktiv haser is the Torah, read in
synagogues.
From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ktiv_hasar_niqqud

Normaly, Ktiv hasar niqqud would be shortly pronounced: 'Nikud hasar'




* Tefillin are worn every weekday. This means that on Shabbat, Holidays, and the intermediate days
(chol hamoed), tefillin are not donned.
* It is customary to kiss the tefillin when they are taken out and when they are put back. Care must
be taken that there be nothing intervening between the tefillin and the flesh. Watches should be
removed from the wrist and rings from the fingers. If you have a bandage on the arm or head,
consult a Rabbi as to what to do.
* It is customary that both the blessing and the actual laying of the tefillin be completed standing.
* It is prohibited to enter a bathroom wearing tefillin.
From: www.chabad.org (Laws for Donning Tefillin)




'Tefillin, Ktiv hasar' is an interpretation of a daily ritual which take place in the jewish tradition.
A big part of the people which make the Tefillin ceremony are secular Jews.
The five hanging paper rolles represent the five blessing which one say while donning Tefillin. The text
is no more exist, and what left are the Perforated Points (Nikud). In the performance, Hannes Lingens
have interpretade the Nikud with a snare drum to an improvised music piece.