I visited with Rabbi Levy yesterday to get my tefillin checked.
I learned that if there are questions about the legibility of the holy scrolls, they are given to a child to read to see in their innocence whether the tefillin are kosher or not.
Something felt very good and important about performing this mitzvah.
In the meantime, while mine are being checked, I have a loaner pair of teffilin to use and daven with.
Yet to be seen whether it is time for a new pair or not — like a bar mitzvah all over again. ;-)
(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)