Also called "phylacteries": a religious object worn by Jewish men, usually during morning weekday prayers.

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Tephilin during krias hatorah on the third day of Pesach

Background: There seems to be a popular movement amongst those who wear tephilin on Chol Hamoed to leave them on until after krias hatora on the second (first, in the Diaspora) day of Chol Hamoed ...
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Where can I purchase tefillin according to the Temani/Rambami shitah?

Not just tefillin made of gewil (i.e. גויל - unsplit hide), but with the shin that goes all the way to the bottom of the bayith? Is there any source for purchasing such tefillin?
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Davening jacket that fits over tefillin

I try to wear a jacket while davening, which is usually not problematic during Minchah and Ma'ariv or Shabbat and Yom Tov. However, during Shacharit, it becomes somewhat difficult, as I try to wear my ...
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Why do tefilin have so many mitzvot in itself?

I heard from someone and read through some books that the mitzvah of tefilin sum up to 8. While in general we know that every good deed or commandment we observe is a single mitzvah, why is tefilin ...
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Are Arizal tefillin kosher for Chabad Chassidim?

Is it okay for a Chabad Chassid to wear Nusach Arizal tefillin that are not Chabad tefillin?
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Touching one's hair while putting on Tfillin

I remember to have read (in the Shulchan Aruch I believe) that after doing the Netilat Yadayim one can't touch one's hair, because that would make you impure again. But when I put on and accommodate ...
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Has anyone found any reliable sources for tefilin meditation?

I recently began putting on tefilin, and I had heard of meditations that one can do when putting on the tefilin. Does anyone know of any good meditative practices surrounding tefilin? Or is their any ...
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Sources permitting converting tefillin from one shitta to another

Over Shabbat, I had a discussion on the subject of switching tefillin between shittot, which resulted in me asking the MIT Chabad rabbi whether switching a pair of Rashi tefillin to Rabbeinu Tam was ...
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Source of custom of putting on head tefillin before completely winding yad tefillin?

When reading an Egyptian halachic work I noticed that it mentioned two customs for wrapping tefillin. The more general custom was to wrap the tefillin shel yad but leave it incomplete, put on the shel ...
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Why does the Torah use the non-Hebrew word 'Totafot'

Related to this question. Rashi, on Shemot (13:16): "...וְהָיָה לְאוֹת עַל יָדְכָה וּלְטוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ " writes: and for ornaments between your eyes: Heb. וּלְטוֹטָפֹת, tefillin. Since ...
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Can one sleep in a room with a tefillin bag/tefillin in the room?

Can a person sleep in a room with their tefillin bag? Does it matter that the tefillin is in the tefillin bag? Also, if the answer is no, what can one do on Friday night, if one finds out that ...
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Define the terms used for “types” or “grades” of tefillin

Follow up on this M.Y. question: The questioner mentioned these grades of tefillin: Peshutim Mehudarim Dakos Gassos Gassos Prudos I have heard of some of these terms, but there may be others on ...
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Identifying the Grade of Your Tefillin

So I was wondering how someone would go about determining whether his tefillin was Peshutim Mehudarim, Dakos, or Gassos, or even Gassos Prudos? Can this be done without taking the tefillin apart?
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Re-tying Arizal tefillin with Ashkenazi knots

If my tefillin are Nusach Ari, and I'm Ashkenazi, can I re-tie the knots and make the tefillin look Ashkenazi? (Such as re-tying the Shel Yad knot to have the loop closer to you, and re-tying the Shel ...
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Placing Tefillin on the floor

I've been taught since little that one can't place a pair of Tefillins on the floor, and that one must carefully avoid not dropping them. But what is considered being on the floor? For example, can I ...
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Framing old Tefillin Parshiot

I recall hearing somewhere that some folks are accustomed to remove the (likely possul) parshiot from old tefillin and frame them. As tefillin are generally more difficult to correct, is this ...
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How do we count the 7 arm tefillin windings?

This article gives several reasons why we wrap the tefillin around our arm 7 times. Do the 7 windings start from the "half" intial wind that begins from the bottom of the "loop" that the strap comes ...
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Why we do not put tefillin on our hearts?

Devarim 11:18 says to put "these words" on our heart and soul. While soul is definitely allegoric, the heart is probably not. So why we do not wear heart part of tefillin?
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Sephardic communities that stand to put on hand-t'filin

Rabbi Shimon Eider's book, Student Edition of Halachos of Tefillin, dates to 1985. In it (section Ⅲ D 7), he writes: Some Poskim hold that one should sit while putting on the Shel Yad ...
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Rulings that Sephardim should stand to put on hand-t'filin

Rabbi Shimon Eider's book, Student Edition of Halachos of Tefillin, dates to 1985. In it (section Ⅲ D 7), he writes: Some Poskim hold that one should sit while putting on the Shel Yad ...
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How does one tell the difference between Rash"i and Rabbeinu Tam tefillin shel yad from their exteriors?

This question explains that the extra hair emanating from the tefillin shel rosh of Rabbeinu Tam tefillin is a way to identify the shel rosh of Rabbeinu Tam tefillin vs. Rash'i tefillin. If 2 ...
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Use tefillin without permission?

May one use another person's tefillin without his permission to perform the mitzvah of donning the tefillin? What if you have a skin condition such as eczema? If somebody did end up borrowing your ...
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Kanfei Yonah – Above or Below the Bayit

I have seen two basic styles of wrapping tefillin up 'al kanfei yonah. The first, which I've seen mainly among the older generation is to put the kesher (knot) below the bayit with the loop in the ...
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Is there any benefit to an adult with the general mental capacity of a child of around 6 months wearing Tefillin?

I assume that an adult with the general mental capacity of a child of around 6 months is free from mitzvos. Would there be any benefit to (the neshomo of) this adult in getting his body to do mitzvos ...
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Is it Halachically permissible to use tefillin peshutim if one cannot afford better tefillin?

I would like to buy my first Tefillin. I was raised in a semi-secular household, and thus do not own a pair of my own. However, being a student, I am tight with my money. I understand that there is ...
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Trimming my retzuos [duplicate]

So, I recently recieved a pair of tefillin and have been laying them everyday since (about four weeks.) I've noticed that the retzuos on the shel yad are a bit too long for the length and width of my ...
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Stolen Tefillin Fund

My tefillin have gone missing, as well as a tallit which had belonged to my grandfather ז”ל. At present, I still hope that they turn up, however I am trying to look into other options if chas veshalom ...
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Why do Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard have different ways of winding the arm tefillin? [duplicate]

I hope that I have the description correct, here: Nusach Ashkenaz winds the arm tefillin toward the body, while Nusach Sefard winds it away from the body. What is the origin of this difference, and ...
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Wrapping Tefillin vs. Wearing Tefillin

When we put on tefillin, we (I am Ashkenazi) say 2 brachot -- l'haniach tefillin and al mitzvat tefillin. The second makes sense -- I am making a bracha on fulfilling the mitzvah of tefillin. But ...
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Custom Tallis and Tefillin Bag makers

As some of you may know, I was in Israel for awhile. While I was there, I decided to look for a set of bags with a nesiyat kapayim design (hands in the position used for duchaning, similar to this) on ...
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Earliest halakhic sources for wearing both Rashi and Rabbenu Tam tefillin simultaneously?

Orach Chayim brings that pious men should wear both Rashi and R. Tam tefillin at once when davening (34:2-3). Do we know what the earliest halakhic sources recommending this are, and their reasoning? ...
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Did Elisha get his tefillin back?

The story of אלישע בעל כנפים (Elisha-the-man-of-the-wings) is told on Shabbos 130a: דא"ר ינאי תפילין צריכין גוף נקי כאלישע בעל כנפים [...] ואמאי קרו ליה אלישע בעל כנפים שפעם אחת גזרה מלכות הרשעה ...
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why is flatulence forbidden in tefillin and during prayer

Why is flatulence forbidden in Tefillin and during prayer? Is it because partials of the feces get stuck to the body so now you do not have a clean body? or what?
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What is the meaning of “guf naki” regarding prohibitting women to wear tefillin?

I wish to preface that I know that there are various concerns both pro and against women wearing tefillin, and for some, this is a "hot" issue. For purposes of my question, please dispel personal ...
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Does an open wound make one unfit to lay Tefillin?

In order to be fit to wear Tefillin one must have a guf naki, a clean body (Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 37:2) . Suppose one has an open wound or sore on one's skin and it is actively bleeding or ...
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Is a person allowed to wear tefillin during Tish'a B'Av Shacaharit if he won't be able to daven mincha that day?

Let's say a person needs surgery on Tish'a B'Av in the afternoon. He knows that he will not be able to daven Mincha. Should he wear tefillin during Shacharit instead? What if he attends shul for ...
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Getting heat rash from tefillin

Summer is here, and it seems to have brought me some problems. I seem to be getting heat rash from my tfillin shel yad. During, and for another half hour or so after davening, my arm gets all red and ...
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What is Sta"m ink made from?

I have several questions related to Sta"m (Torah, mezuzot tefillin) ink: What materials are allowable? What materials are typically used to make the ink? Why these materials, specifically? (cheaper, ...
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Tefillah shel rosh cover

B'ezrat Hashem I plan on going to Israel next month, however, this presents a small problem. As a Kohen, I will be duchaning every day, while wearing my tefillin. Due to the placement of the tefillah ...
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Tefillin at mincha on fast days

At my shul (a sephardi one), I occasionally see people wearing tefillin at mincha on fast days (other than Tisha b'Av). Is this a minhag with a source, or is there some other reason why people do ...
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Sharp Edges on Tefillin

I've noticed that some tefillin have very sharp edges at the base of the titura. As many people may have noticed, this can become highly uncomfortable while davening. Does anyone have a solution for ...
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Tefillin of the Chofetz Chaim

I was reading the Wikipedia article on R' Netanel Sofer, the inventor of tefillin gassot earlier and learned something which seems somewhat suspect: he was the sofer for the Chofetz Chaim's tefillin. ...
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Teffilin during Shabat

Semag : כל אחד מישראל אינו יהודי שלם אלא אם כן יש לו שני עדים שהוא יהודי, הלכך בשבת ויום טוב שנקרא שבת, ושבת נקרא אות, פטור אדם מלהניח תפילין כי די שיש לו שני עדים שהוא יהודי עדות שבת ועדות מילה ...
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If a lefty becomes ambidextrous

If a lefty teaches himself (before or after his bar mitzvah) to write with his right hand What happens with teffilin? What if he teaches himself to prefer his right hand for everything? Sources ...
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Someone damages tefillin that he borrowed from someone else. Is he liable?

From Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 10:22: מֻתָּר לִקַּח תְּפִלִּין שֶׁל חֲבֵרוֹ גַּם שֶׁלֹּא בִידִיעָתוֹ לְהָנִיחָן וּלְבָרֵךְ עֲלֵיהֶן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתַבְתִּי בְּסִימָן שֶׁלִּפְנֵי זֶה סָעִיף י"א לְעִנְיַן ...
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Removal of Tallis after Tefillin [duplicate]

Is there a reason for why the טלית is removed after the תפילין? Does that reason apply to: An unmarried man who is the ש"ץ until the end of davening?[Should he remove his תפילין first like anyone ...
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Tefillin without external separations

In schul, I've noticed that there is a pair of peshutim which have been partially deconstructed. In particular, I noticed that the partitions between the compartments of the shel rosh seemed somewhat ...
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Instances where women wore tefillin [duplicate]

Up to (and including) the period of the Rishonim, are there multiple documented instances of Jewish women wearing tefillin? Edit: As discovered by another user on this website, there is another ...
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How did the people of Zmigrod wrap tefilin?

My family is from there, but we've lost our ancestral minhag due to secularization and subsequent return to different sects within orthodox Judaism. I am just curious in reclaiming my ancestral ...
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Wrapping tefillin to create letters

When we wrap, there seems to be a prevalent custom to incorporate the shapes Dalet, Yod and Shin in the strap on the hand/arm (depending on one's custom (discussed in Sefer Ta'amei Haminhagim page 13 ...