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From my research, it seems Jake is correct. I looked into this inyin a couple years ago when helping write a Bar Mitzvah pshetl on the subject of the Shel Yad being covered and the Shel Rosh being uncovered. At the time I heard from both my Rov as well as from a Sofer (who is also a Talmud Chochom) that the requirement to cover the Shel Yad (as WAF ...


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It would be a good idea to provide your friend with the dimensions of the actual mezuza you plan on using, to ensure that the cavity inside the case will be large enough to accommodate it without having to compress it. If it will be exposed to the elements, it must be waterproof and durable.


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I am a Sofer Stam and I can tell you that although there is an inyan in Kabbalah to cover the tefillin shel yad, that is not the reason for the plastic cover. It is to protect the corners of the bayit from getting worn down from years of rubbing against your clothing. In places where there is Birchat Cohanim every day, some Cohanim put a similar cover on ...


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Yes, there are standard sizes, though obviously there are usually going to slight variations in fit for every pair of handmade tefilin. The sizes seem to be measured by cm2 millimeters. Based on my experience they tend to err towards a looser fit; I usually adjust this by adding a sticker or a piece of paper on the inside. This piece is sometimes called a ...


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Anything which can contract impurity cannot block impurity from passing through it (Megillah 26b, Shulchan Aruch YD 371:1). A vessel can only contract impurity if it is made from cloth, sackcloth, leather, bone, wood, metal, or earthenware (Rambam Keilim 1:1, see Leviticus 11:32-33 and Numbers 31:22). Plastic therefore cannot contract impurity, so it can ...


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Tzedaka U'Mishpot 16:2 note 3 indictaes that he has been unable to find a source for this Minhag.


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I would argue the following. A mezuzua case needs to be constructed so that the halachot of hanging a mezuza can be followed. The casing should have a clear "top", so that the mezuzah can be hung appropriately (not upside down). The casing should be taller than it is wide. The casing should have an opening large enough for a scroll, so that the scroll can ...


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A simple answer would be to protect the corners of the Tefillin, so that they don't accidentally get knocked into something and possibly disqualified, since the Tefillin must be as square as possible (See here and here). However, this doesn't answer why we don't have a protective covering for the Shel Rosh as well, since it too must be square. This is ...


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The Mishnah Brurah (40:7) says that it's okay for one of the two coverings to be clear, but not both of them.


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I always found army surplus bags perfect for everything. Hundreds of different sizes and shapes, materials, and usually any color you want as long as it's green. EBay and other places. Isaac suggested some recommendations: I find the Swiss Army bread bags nice. You've seen them. They fold like, interestingly enough, a clam. One side is leather and in some ...


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In addition to the answers already given: There must be a way to attach it to the doorpost or wall. So if you don't want to cover it with tape then it has to be lightweight enough, and of a material, that double-sided tape will hold it to the doorpost or wall, or it has to allow nails or something to hold it to a surface. The m'zuza (scroll) should not ...


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Based on your description, the first thing to hit me was those Neoprene laptop sleeves. A quick Google showed that it's hard to find ones that are large enough. (Tefillin are kind of bulky, not flat like a laptop) Then I saw it... a Neoprene diaper bag. no kidding. The one I saw from BuiltNY was very expensive and took up too much space with customized ...


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One that comes to mind is that if the m'zuza is within eyeshot of anything disgusting or unbecoming, the case should be opaque so as not to expose the scroll to the unbecoming thing. (KSA 11:18)


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(D'varim 6:8) וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת עַל יָדֶךָ From this פסוק it is understood that the arm t'filin should serve "as a sign for you" in the sense of "exclusively for you", in which case they should not be exposed to the rest of the world while worn. The head box, on the other hand, is (ibid.) וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ which is understood to ...


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I use a laptop bag for my tallit. I don't put the tefilin inside the velvet tallit bag, instead I bought a smaller tallit bag that only holds the tallit (It's about 1/3 the size - you will need to learn a new folding style for the tallit). Then I arrange the items inside the laptop bag - they fit perfectly plus a siddur. The smaller tallit bag is almost ...


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I use the 4 Liter Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack. This is big enough for 2 pairs of Tefillin (4x4) and a pocket-sized soft-cover siddur. They make bigger sizes (this particular model goes up to 35 liter capacity). As for your requirements: Tear-resistant - hard to say, they don't advertise it as such, but I haven't had any problems. Waterproof - Yes. ...


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It seems to me, that with your edits, that you described a "gym bag" perfectly. Perhaps all you need is a basic gym bag which you can decorate?


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When I asked for recommendations for a bag that could easily hold my Tallith and Tefillin, my laptop computer, and my lunch without busting at the seams, someone recommended this "Bag of Holding".


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Even if we were to assume that plastic is not Mekabel Tum'ah according to what the Rambam writes in Hilchos Tum'as Meis 13:3&4 it would not help to block the Tum'ah. Halacha 3: These substances convey ritual impurity and intervene in the face of it: over sized wooden vessels, keilim made from stone, animal turds, or earth that are over sized, simple ...


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I believe what you are referring to is the concept of kis b'toch kis or a 'pocket within a pocket'. This is a halachic wrapping for words of Torah, tefillin, siddurim, sifrei Torah, etc. being brought into a situation of uncleanliness like a bathroom. The halachot are as follows (this is all based on learning from my Rabbi, so I don't have sources for you, ...


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The general explanation given by @WAF is correct, but from what I have heard, the Pasuk from which it is learned that specifically the Tefillin Shel Yad are "exclusively for you" is a different one, namely Exodus 13:9 : וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת עַל יָדְךָ וּלְזִכָּרוֹן בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ לְמַעַן תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת ה' בְּפִיךָ כִּי בְּיָד חֲזָקָה הוֹצִאֲךָ ה' ...


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A tallis bag tote. If you do a search for this combination of words, you will find a product that should suit your needs, available on websites and at well-known Judaica stores. They are available in different sizes and the extra-large one should be able to hold your tallis, tefillin and at least one book.



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