Farmington Hills — On a recent Friday afternoon, Rod Brown stood amid the racks of cotton shirts and shiny shoes at his shop on Northwestern Highway, murmuring prayers in Hebrew while leather straps encircled his arm.
Balanced atop his head was a black box holding scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah, the Jewish sacred text.
The Shirt Box co-owner was taking part in a daily ritual with the help of two teenage rabbis-in-training from the Lubavitch Yeshiva-International School for Chabad Leadership in Oak Park.
Brown has spent years interrupting his workday for such visits — a tradition he welcomes as a spiritual refresher. The leather straps he wore symbolize a bond with God.
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