Harry Potter Puts On Tefillin?

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potterA Lubavitcher bochur, who prior to becoming a baal teshuvah learnt in the independent ‘City of London School’ was in the same class as the Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe, who studied there 3 months a year. Once, while discussing a religious studies topic, they started arguing about which goes where: Does the mezuzah go on the hand and tefillin on the door or vice versa?

‘Harry’ was claiming that he remembers distinctly from Hebrew School that mezuzah goes on the hand, at which point Colaiv showed him the tefillin. He then asked him if he wants to put on tefillin, to which ‘Harry’ – Daniel – agreed.

He took a picture of this Daniel-Harry in tefillin on his cell phone and that picture is now all over the internet, sparking comments and reaction on hundreds – if not thousands – of websites.

{Chabad.info, Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

22 COMMENTS

  1. I realize that today is a “slow news day”, but what exactly is the point of publishing this (non) story?

    Is it to poke ridicule at Daniel Radcliffe and his apparent ignorance of yiddishkeit?

    The question that should be asked is whether or not Daniel Radcliffe is Jewish – even by Liberal/Reform standards?

    Come on Matzav, your standards of journalism are usually much higher than this!

  2. did he give permission to have his picture sent out all over?
    if so, then yashar koach those Lubavicher bachurim really have great enthusiasm

  3. Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish and a native of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (her family’s surname was anglicised from “Gershon”); his father, originally from Northern Ireland, is Protestant

    so lemaiseh, he is jewish

  4. #1 maybe just maybe your big question WAS asked and it was ascertained that he is Jewish?Or does it not fit your agenda to knock and ridicule- even make them goyim -rather then just be quite and let at least others do something right!

  5. His name is not Harry, it is Daniel Radcliffe. And yes, he has little privacy, don’t take away from it.

    @Boomslang:
    His mother is Jewish. Her surname, Gresham, is a modification of “Gershon”.

  6. Was it Rashi Tefillin or Rabbeinu Tam? 🙂

    Seriously, if some people learn about Tefillin because of this story leaking out (including Radcliffe himself), Radcliffe will have a Zechus.

    As per Wikipedia, Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish: Radcliffe was born in Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, Hammersmith, West London, England, the only child of Alan George Radcliffe . . . and Marcia Jeannine Gresham (née Marcia Gresham Jacobson) . . . Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish and a native of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (her family’s surname was anglicised from “Gershon”); his father, originally from Northern Ireland, is Protestant.

  7. Daniel Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish, so al pi halacha he’s Jewish. He also identifies as a Jew.

    Why is this article ridiculing him? And why did this idiot put out the video on the internet?

    Let’s show a little mentschlichkeit here, please.

  8. to marty:
    if u don’t know who harry potter is then i guess u seriously live in a bubble, and i find it amazing that u never heard of him

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