I just read on news.bbc.co.uk an article titled “US Airways Philadelphia alert sparked by Jewish prayer.” The man praying was using “tefillin,” small boxes that are part of the ritual. He meant no harm and caused none, and apparently no one overreacted. Although I wouldn’t make light of terrorism or of the need for appropriate vigilance, it’s somehow reassuring that a prayer could—at least momentarily and symbolically—have the power of a possible bomb.
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