Rabbi Finds 7 Tefillin Sets in Lost-Luggage Store

Items Belonged to Rebbe's Chef and Maccabeats Star

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By JTA

Published July 07, 2014.
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A Florida rabbi discovered seven pairs of tefillin at a store that sells the contents of unclaimed airline baggage.

Rabbi Uri Pilichowski was on vacation with his family when he visited the store in Scottsboro, Ala., looking for cheap cell phones, the New York Daily News reported.

The rabbi bought the religious items, worth hundreds of dollars, for $45 each on July 1. He then posted photos of the bags in which they were stored on Facebook in an attempt to find the owners.

Six of the seven pairs were claimed in less than a week, with four of the owners living in the New York area, one in Israel and one in Los Angeles, according to the news website Vos Iz Neis.

One belonged to Noah Jacobson, a singer for The Maccabeats, and another had belonged to David Malka, a former chef for the Lubavitcher rebbe, which he had given to his grandson before his death.


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