The Observant Astronomer

The passing scene as observed by an observant Jew, who daylights as an astronomer.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Tefillin and Acupuncture

This is more Rebeljew's bailiwich than mine, but The Biur Chametz has uncovered a 2002 paper (Schram, 2002, Journal of Chinese Medicine, 70, 5) entitled Tefillin: An Ancient Acupuncture Point Prescription for Mental Clarity which claims all sorts of physical and mental benefits from the acupuncture pressure points stimulated by tefillin and their straps. (The helicity of the Ashkenazic minhag in winding the arm appears to somewhat inferior to the reverse helicity, which could explain certain pecularities seen in my shul. As could the personalities of those who consistently have their shel rosh out of place. Note to self: Must be more diligent in keeping people centered.) I wonder if any of his fellow practitioners have followed up on his suggestion in the penultimate paragraph, though.


Blogger Rebeljew said...

Apologetics at its best.

I'll bet if we looked at the traditions of Rashi, Raavad, Rebenu Tam and Shmusha Rabba, we would discover that they, in conjunction, appear to be an exact replica of Roswell NM military base, circa 1947.

10:23 a.m., March 13, 2005  
Blogger Rebeljew said...

Within the article, he notes a point that stimulates the infamous "Triple Burner" channel. The Triple Burner is an imaginary organ, source of one of the six body pulses in Chinese magic medicine world view. The Tefilin fortunately stimulates the imaginary meridian for this vital imaginary organ.

Anybody care to join me in the 21st century?

5:49 p.m., April 03, 2005  
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4:32 a.m., March 13, 2007  

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