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On days when Tachnun is said, gently strike the left side of your chest (over the heart) with a closed fist at the words חטאנו and פעשנו. (from Kehot)

How should a left handed person wearing t'fillin on his right hand strike his chest? Should he use his left hand, or the right one even though he is wearing t'fillin on it?

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Why do you suspect tefillin would matter? –  Double AA May 1 at 17:44
    
the same as it matters regarding tachnum –  preferred May 1 at 19:34

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Here it quotes in the name of Kuntres Ish Itair 51, that it is dependent upon anatomy, which means a left handed person uses the right hand. He is talking about "Ashamnu" which only some Nusachos ever say with Tefillin on, so it isn't explicit that Tefillin doesn't change the consideration.

Here it specifically addresses Slach Lanu (#27) and says that the right hand is used.

Although Tefillin are not explicitly mentioned it would be quite an oversight to not mention it, as that is almost always said (by men) with Tefillin on, and I have observed lefties doing just that.

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This article (#27) also writes that an iter yad should strike his chest like everyone else. The top of the page indicates that most of the rulings there follow the p'sak of R' Chaim Kanievsky. T'fillin are not mentioned explicitly. –  Fred May 1 at 17:52
    
That is most likely because his heart is still on the left side, which is easier to strike with the right hand. –  preferred May 1 at 19:35
    
True about oshamnu but everyone says shmone esrai and slach lonu with t'fillin –  preferred May 1 at 19:37
    
@preferred Women don't. –  Double AA May 1 at 19:46
    
I believe that with tachanun, there is a problem of chatzitza. The head must rest on the arm, and if the the tefillin are in the way, they interfere. There is no problem of chatzitza perfoming selichot. –  DanF May 2 at 13:42

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