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From my city's Jewish Week newspaper, I learn that Orthodox men have a statistically significant lower rate of heart attacks than Orthodox women or other Jews, both in Israel and the USA. It turns out that they benefit from phylacteries, with which they wrap their left arms (or right arm if they are a lefty) with leather straps and a copy of the Shema, the Jewish declaration of faith, in a little leather box. This practice, which doesn't apply to women and is not much observed by non-Orthodox, apparently stresses the blood vessels during the half hour or so during which it is worn, and lowers heart failure risks. The Biblical statement of the Shema calls for its words to be “bound upon thy hands and between thine eyes” but no one ever thought it would help their health. Only the hand version works, not the one around their forehead.

When we lived in Paris, when we went to the Pletzel (rue des Rosiers) with our kids, our son was always asked if he had “laid tefillim” that day, and when he admitted he hadn't, the Lubovitcher team helped him do it, but didn't hold us up for a half hour by requiring him to say all the prayers.

I expect some Israeli high-tech healthcare firm will soon cash in on this discovery with secular straps of course.

I wrote yesterday about how well my US startup Eyepoint Pharma was doing, as it tripled YTD, which topped my portfolio gains. The company has won FDA approval for a device to deliver a drug against uveitis that is implanted in the patient's eye in a doctor's office. I would rather wear phylacteries myself. But one of my pre-subscribers turned out to also be an EYPT owner.

Another non-Global holding I write about sometimes, Earthstone Energy, a bonus share, is up 1.75% on its planned buy of Sabalo's Midland Basin assets for $950 mn. Most stocks are falling as a selloff which began in Hong Kong moved westward

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David J. Williamson 2 years ago Member's comment

I like $BLRX. What was the Gamida cell news that I missed?

Harry Goldstein 2 years ago Member's comment

Fascinating. I've often wondered if some of the laws of the Bible have positive effects we don't know about. For example, we now know that the edict to wash one's hands before eating has numerous health benefits and helped Jews survive some of the worst plagues in history.

I also remember attending a lecture long ago where the speaker claimed to be part of a scientific study on the wearing of the talit which is worn during morning prayers. He described numerous benefits which I can no longer remember. I tried to look them up online but this speech was long before the internet.

I did find this similar study though I don't know how reliable the source is:


Gary Anderson 2 years ago Contributor's comment

Interesting. We should all test our blood pressure more. Constricts blood vessels.

BreakingBad News 2 years ago Member's comment

Interesting yes, but I find it hard to believe. Would like to see some proof of this. Maybe I'll convert!

Ayelet Wolf 2 years ago Member's comment

I actually had read about this myself. You can find the article here:


BreakingBad News 2 years ago Member's comment

Wow, I guess I need to put my money where my mouth is now... call the local rabbi!

Seriously though, while fascinating if true, this is a very small sample size... 20 people. Probably not enough to be scientifically significant. Would like to see a larger study on this.

Carol Klein 2 years ago Member's comment

I wonder if there's any difference between which arm is used and if women would share in the same benefits. I do know there are some women who wear phylacteries/tefillin.

Gary Anderson 2 years ago Contributor's comment

It all comes down to the fact that it is a substitute for good old exercise!