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KENMORE SQUARE -- Observant Jews hold prayer minyans every day throughout the world. In the Orthodox faith, prayers such as these at Boston University cannot proceed past a certain point unless there are 10 men over the age of 13. A curtain separates male and female worshippers. Traditional Jewish men wear leather strapping around their arms and head, securing small boxes called tfilin. The boxes contain passages from the Torah. One box is worn on the bicep, facing the heart; the other is worn on the front of the head. 'This is about the tug between heart and mind,' says Rabbi Joseph Polak of the Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at BU. 'The heart and mind are often in conflict, right?' (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter) audio: Click the play button below to hear Rabbi Polak describing the minyan <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'> (Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)
KENMORE SQUARE -- Observant Jews hold prayer minyans every day throughout the world. In the Orthodox faith, prayers such as these at Boston University cannot proceed past a certain point unless there are 10 men over the age of 13. A curtain separates male and female worshippers. Traditional Jewish men wear leather strapping around their arms and head, securing small boxes called tfilin. The boxes contain passages from the Torah. One box is worn on the bicep, facing the heart; the other is worn on the front of the head. "This is about the tug between heart and mind," says Rabbi Joseph Polak of the Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at BU. "The heart and mind are often in conflict, right?"

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

audio: Click the play button below to hear Rabbi Polak describing the minyan
(Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)