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

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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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Why do Tefillin have filler material in the base of the batim?

Mikshah tefillin are tefillin battim which have no filler material in the titurah (base). Why is filler material even necessary? The photo below illustrates the thickness with a piece of filler (...
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Practicing Binding Tefillin at Night

May someone who is not accustomed to laying tefillin practice binding at night, when there is no mitzvah, so that they will be proficient at wrapping when the day comes?
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Finding the tefilin boundary on a balding head

The head tefilin are supposed to go above the hairline, or above where the hairline was on someone whose hairline has receded. The former situation is easy to deal with. A man whose hairline hasn't ...
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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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God's Pair of Teffilin

How when moshe turns his head not to see God's face, he sees He's got on teffilin? I thought God had no physical form.
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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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Where can I buy kosher Tefillin scrolls?

Can anyone recommend a place/person to get kosher tefillin? I heard about the fraud with scrolls. There is no sofer or judaica store near me. Please include information about why you recommend the ...
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Why do we remove tefillin (tefilin) for Hallel?

Those who wear tefillin on chol hamoed remove them before beginning Hallel. What is the reasoning behind doing that? Also, is there an ideal time to remove them (e.g., before or after the repetition ...
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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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Red string on Tefillin arm?

I've heard a man shouldn't wear anything on his left arm (as a bracelet, watch, etc) while having tefillin tied on. If this is true, would it be completely wrong to wear a red string on the left arm (...
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Rashi's Daughters wearing Tefillin

There is a commonly held "tradition" that Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin. One highly educated rabbi/professor has publicly stated that he's spent 35 years searching for a source but to no avail. ...
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Banei Abir clan of Habbani Yemenite Jewry

There's this video for "ancient tefillin wrapping" that shows a wrapping style utilizing the paleo-hebrew characters. The statement is that this method of wrapping is preserved by the "Banei Abir clan ...
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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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How should a person wearing t'fillin on his right hand strike his left chest at 'oshamnu'

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'...
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Tying teffilin knot everyday

What is the "tying" referred to in תוס‘ ד"ה ואידך הני שכיחן in Chullin 9a, in which Rebbeinu Tam seems to hold that tying teffilin every day is not obligatory? (It is not referring to putting 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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Can a non-practicing Jew give his only tefilin away as a gift?

What is the halacha behind gifting tefilin? What is the halacha of receiving tefilin? Can a Jew gift his only pair of tefilin if he does not use it and can another Jew accept a gift which leaves the ...
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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 bias,...
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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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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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Keeping Tefillin Black

What are some suggestions for keeping the Tefiliin Retzuos (straps) black? How can I prevent the Retzuos from needing to be painted and/or replaced?
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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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Why have the same Parshiyos in both Tefilin?

This morning in Shul a fellow asked me an interesting question regarding Tefilin. Both the Tefilin Shel Yad & Tefilin Shel Rosh have the same 4 Parshiyos written in them. What is the purpose of ...
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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 this?...
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Direction of Tefillin Winding

Why do some people have the custom to wind the Tefillin-Shel-Yad towards themselves, while others wind it away from themselves? What is the reason behind these two customs, and which sects of Judaism ...
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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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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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Is it possible to convert a Rosh of a Rabeynu Tam Tefillin into a rosh of a Rashi Tefillin?

If I find a Rabeynu Tamm tefillin and I do not have another one , can I take it appart , and I know how to , and change the ROSH from Rabeynu Tam to a Rashi tefillin ?
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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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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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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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Shin of tefillin mentioned in the Gemara originally a reference to the division of the compartments of the Shel Rosh?

The source for [at least one of] the Shins on the tefillah shel rosh is the Gemara (b.Menahoth 35a): ואמר אביי שי"ן של תפילין הלכה למשה מסיני וצריך שיגיע חריץ למקום התפר רב דימי מנהרדעא אמר כיון ...
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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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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 ...
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Why do some people wrap their Tefilin around their arms 8 times?

I have seen people who wrap the Tefilin 7 times around their arm and some that wrap it 8 times around their arm. Why do the people who wrap it 8 times do so?
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Why is there a dispute as to which tefillin are the correct ones?

Since the mitzvah of tefillin is observed every day except for Shabbos and festivals, there should have been continuous knowledge as to the correct order of the parshas. So how did it come about that ...
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Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)

I have heard it said that the reason as to why Ashkenazim place their mezuzot at an angle is to harmonise the opinion of Rashi, who held that it should be vertical (Menachot 33a, s.v. איסתוירא), with ...
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Can a non-Jew don tefillin?

May a non-Jew or a person who is in the conversion process don tefillin? If not, what are the reasons that they cannot?
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May I drink water while wearing tefillin?

If I am wearing Tefilin, and I feel very thirsty, should I take off my Tefllin to drink, (if I am even allowed to interrupt) or am I allowed to drink water while wearing Tefilin?
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Mirror for Teffilin

Is it enough to use my fingers to figure out if the teffilin is between my eyes, or am I halachically required to use a mirror in order to ensure that it is? I faintly remember a sugya in Ketuvot ...
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Teffilin at night after having been sick

If I was sick all day and was unable to put on Teffilin during the day, may I put it on at night to make up for the day I missed? If I remember correctly, the Mishna Berurah says that if one will not ...
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Halachic opinions on tefillin peshutim

I was discussing the subject of tefillin with my father motzei-Shabbat and particular, the battim (leather boxes that contain the parshiyot, or parchment scrolls). We ended up wondering what the mid-...