“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:8-9).
Orthodox Jews put these words into practice literally by placing on their foreheads small, black leather boxes called phylacteries that contain verses from the Torah. They may keep the letter of the law but miss the spirit of it.
The spirit of the law reinforces the idea that truth, like a “sign” that leads us to believe, is caught as much as it is taught. The example we set as parents is just as powerful as the words we speak into our children’s lives.