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June 15, 2018 4:17 pm

Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wears Tefillin in New Instagram Video

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Maksim Chmerkovsky putting on tefillin with the help of a rabbi. Photo: Screenshot / Instagram.

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a video on Tuesday of him putting on tefillin, also known as phylacteries.

The Instagram clip shows the Jewish dancer, with the help of a rabbi, putting on the set of small black leather boxes, which contain scrolls of parchment inscribed with Torah verses.

Chmerkovskiy wrote in the video’s caption, “A little #tefillin never hurt nobody.” He added that his wife, fellow professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd, “approves.”

Chmerkovskiy, 38, was born in Ukraine to a Jewish father and Christian mother, and has described himself as Jewish. He and Murgatroyd welcomed their son, Shai Aleksander, to the world in January 2017.

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