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Why do we remove Tefilin Before Mussaf on Rosh Chodesh?

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You may want to specify when you're talking about, including changing the tags. In fact, we do not remove Tefilin before Hallel on Rosh Chodesh. –  Isaac Moses Jun 14 '10 at 4:14
I think he meant before Mussaf. –  yydl Jun 14 '10 at 4:43
Depends on your minhag. Remember that (non-chassidic) Ashkenazim, outside of Eretz Yisrael, do wear tefillin on Chol Hamoed. –  Alex Jun 14 '10 at 19:22
Alex you are right I stand corrected again. –  SimchasTorah Jun 14 '10 at 22:23
Alex, SOME (non-chassidic) Ashkenazim, outside of Eretz Yisrael, wear Tefilin on Chol HaMo'ed. See here: koltorah.org/ravj/tefillinONmoed.htm here: parsha.blogspot.com/2008/04/… and here: parsha.blogspot.com/2008/04/authenticity-of-kabbalah-pt-ii.html for discussions and furious debate on the matter. I had another link that I sent to someone by email but that link was broken somewhere along the way; I hope these remain active. In short, some hold it's asur to wear them, even warranting the death penalty. It's debatable. –  Seth J Mar 9 '11 at 15:27

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Actually, the Ramah Mi'Panoh says to remove it before Hallel on Rosh Chodesh.

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How is this an answer to a "why" question? –  HodofHod Jan 25 '12 at 4:38
  1. The Levush (brought by the Mishnah Berurah - Orach Chaim Siman 423) says that since the Teffilah of Mussaf is instead of the Korban Mussaf and when we give the Korban it is like a Yom Tov, therfore Just like on Yom Tov we do not wear Teffilin so to by Hallel we do not wear Teffilin. (As a side he adds when the Kriyas Hatorah of the Korban Mussaf is read the Teffilin should also be removed.)

  2. The Radvaz says the Minhag (custom) has no source, but the Minhag is mentioned in a Sefer called Elkana and that is why everyone does it. He continues and writes even though it is his personal practice he does not wish to write the reason and sends you to the Sefer Elkana for further research. He also says he is not ruling that anyone follow this practice. He then brings what he calls the simple answer, somewhat similar to the Levush since when you say Hallel it has a law of Yom Tov and Yom Tov is an "OIS" we do not need Teffilin as they are also an "OIS" (This is the stated reason we do not wear Teffilin on Shabbos and Yom Tov).

    He then gives a Third reason. We know Teffilin are called Kesser (crown). Since we say Kesser in Mussaf there is no reason to have two of them and even if one is Daveninng by himself he should still remove it as it is the appropriate time to say the Kesser Tefillah.

    The Taz quoting the Beis Yosef explains it somewhat differently he says since we are crowing Hashem it would be improper for us to be wearing a crown at the same time. The sefer SOHM DERECH by Reb Simcha Zissel Broide says this is similar to when all the Kings at Yackov Avienu's funeral took off their own crowns and placed them on Yackov's coffin showing the superiority of Yackov to themselves. So too we remove our crowns to Show Superiority of Hashem to ourselves.

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Please add links for your sources! It would make your answer much more in keeping with the mission of mi.yodeya.com. –  Yahu Jun 14 '10 at 20:16
Also explain why we do not remove the tefillin before Hallel, rather only before mussaf. –  Yahu Jun 14 '10 at 20:17
With very little effort, you can provide a link for the exact page of e.g. Mishnah Berurah that you cited. hebrewbooks.org or wikisource are excellent resources for this. Almost anything that is still under a copyright will not be available to link so an exact reference will suffice. –  Yahu Jun 14 '10 at 22:33
Again, I refer you to lo.yodeya.com/2010/04/guidelines-referring-and-quoting.html in which our official guidleline for referring to or quoting content from other sources is stated clearly. –  Yahu Jun 14 '10 at 22:36
Wow, lots of quoted sources I think people should be encouraged to look it up themselves and not be spoonfeed evrything "my rebbi said that the NOda Byehudah said that about Indexes in his days (; look how far we have come today we use Google –  Ishyehudi Jun 21 '10 at 14:53

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