WATCH: Man Who Burned Tefillin On Video, Apologizes And Wants To Become A Baal Teshuva

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In recent months, Daniel Amram, who grew up Frum and then left the Derech, says he has been experiencing a Hisorarus and wants to do Teshuva.

R”L at his low, he set a pair of tefilin on fire and uploaded video of it to Facebook, he brought Chametz to a Bnei Brak street on Pesach and waved a very immodest poster in front of the Itzkowitz Shul in Bnei Brak as well. He protested against the bill to compel the closure of stores on Shabbos, tore a Tanach, and spit opposite the Kosel R”L.

Daniel has since published a video, one in which he publicly expresses remorse for his actions, asking mechila from those he offended.

He admits that he offended holy symbols and items, and asks mechila, especially from his parents and family.

He asks them if he is permitted to return as he misses them despite saying otherwise.

The video below recaps the entire saga, with English subtitles:

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

13 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful, sincere apology. Made me cry. Someone who can sin that badly has a great power of kedusha in him as they are polar opposite strengths. May he go far in Torah and mitzvos.

  2. What brought this on? Why now, why this sudden turnaround? Actions speak louder than words. Meanwhile, how many are rushing to make a shidduch for him? And are his parents amenable or are they wary?

  3. Yes – it’s wonderful that he regrets what he did. May Hashem give him more strength to go all the way and achieve kirvas elokim. Halevai we should all have the guts to mend our ways and forge a close relationship with our Creator.
    That said, he repeatedly caused tremendous chillul Hashem and needs the guidance of gedolim to achieve his tikkun. It would seem that just as his chilul Hashem was done so very publicly, perhaps his kiddush Hashem should be done just as publicly. For example, when he achieves stability, how about holding up signs in front of ‘hallel’ apartments or places where OTD kids gather with a slogan “I was where you were and now I know: ‘Ein od milvado’!” and include his phone number for help to come back. After he solidifies his teshuva, let him be involved with OTD kids and help them back, help at-risk kids before they sink low, etc. The same chutzpa he used to defile Torah and mitzvos, let him now use in service of Hashem!

  4. He’s got a long road ahead, but iY”H he’s succeed!
    במקום שבעלי תשובה עומדים אין צדיקים גמורים יכולים לעמוד

  5. Nice, i love the Yechi yarmulke. Kudos to the chabad shliach putting tefillin on him – the very same items that he so joyfully disgraced.

  6. ladler
    June 3, 2018 8:21 am at 8:21 am
    Yes – it’s wonderful that he regrets what he did. May Hashem give him more strength to go all the way and achieve kirvas elokim. Halevai we should all have the guts to mend our ways and forge a close relationship with our Creator.
    That said, he repeatedly caused tremendous chillul Hashem and needs the guidance of gedolim to achieve his tikkun. It would seem that just as his chilul Hashem was done so very publicly, perhaps his kiddush Hashem should be done just as publicly. For example, when he achieves stability, how about holding up signs in front of ‘hallel’ apartments or places where OTD kids gather with a slogan “I was where you were and now I know: ‘Ein od milvado’!” and include his phone number for help to come back. After he solidifies his teshuva, let him be involved with OTD kids and help them back, help at-risk kids before they sink low, etc. The same chutzpa he used to defile Torah and mitzvos, let him now use in service of Hashem!
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    Yes he needs teshuva but who are you to dictate what to do for teshuva. Look in your own mirror before telling others .

  7. Git Meshige- I agree with your statement. He is starting to wear Tefillin in June 2018. God Willing he is wearing Tefilling in June of 2028, June 2058, etc… As I’ve unfortunately witnessed many times in yeshivos in the past, it is easier to keep kosher, shabbos, and daven with a minyan at that chapter of your life. But, it only really means something if 10,20, 30 years later the individual has the same (if not more) energy and enthusiasm for those mitzvos.

  8. @yanky1998
    “My rosh yeshiva once said it is better to stay frei than to become a meshichist Lubavitcher…”

    Truthfully, I’m not surprised at all. I’ve always known that litvishers are indoctrinated against Chabad in school and in yeshiva. Your honest comment bears testimony to this theory!