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I just made a video of how I wrap up my tefillin, on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqJXnweP6bo&feature=youtu.be It shows how I do it as well as some more well-known ways that the shel yad is wrapped.
I don't quite have the ability to upload pictures, so I hope I can describe this well. First I recommend that you put the cover on the tefillin first before wrapping, esp. if you have a box that goes encases the entire bayit, not just the square box. In my description, I refer to the "box" meaning the part containing the parchment, and the "ledge" as the ...
R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi writes 32:63: והגאונים אמרו שהבתים של ראש צריך להיות אצבעים על אצבעים לכתחילה ואם פיחת לא פסל The Gaonim (The Shimusha Rabba) writes that the Battim have to be two fingers by two fingers Lechatchila, but if they're smaller they're not Passul. R' Shenur Zalman of Liadi writes 32:58: ד' בתים של ראש צריכים להיות מעור אחד שנאמר ...
I never encountered this problem, and, no, I am not exaggerating, either. Perhaps, it may be that my daily tallit is relatively short (yes, it is the minimal required length, and, it is not a "shawl", if you're curious). But, from your description, I can envision the problem. One suggestion - Most people fold part of the tallit over their shoulders so, at ...
I hold both my hands far from my body when winding the shel-yad strap, and make sure the nondominant-hand side of my talis lies on my chest and the top of my shoulder, not on my arm. Then the two don't mingle.
Going on ten years and I'm proud to say I'm a recovering twister. There is one thing that I find helps. Putting on the tephilin slowly and carefully. It seems this would usually happen when I was late and in a rush, and like you say by the time I looked down to see what was going on, it was too late. Going slow has worked for me.
As a disclaimer, I still have this problem, and I got much consolation from seeing it once happen to R' Tzvi Berkowitz, who has been putting on a tallis and tefillin for around 4 decades. What has mitigated the issue for me, is to put my shel yad strap draped over the chair in front of me as I wrap it, so that it doesn't droop near my tallis strings. Then ...
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