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I have two opinions for you:) My fiend's son broke his right arm and had it in a cast for a very long time. He started getting used to using his left hand for everything, writing, throwing, everything. By the time his cast came off, his left hand was permanently stronger and he was behaving entirely as a lefty. This all happened when he was twelve. Then ...


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Almost any shel rosh you dissect will be like that. A few years ago people took notice of this. They started carrying on saying everyone's Teffilin were passul. The Poskim ended up saying it was kosher. Rabbi Belsky was one of the ones who said not to worry, IIRC. At that point in time, I personally was in the middle of having a new pair written up for me ...


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See this article for a more comprehensive discussion. Here are some sourced examples of women who donned tefillin: The gemara in Eruvin Daf 96 states that Queen Michal (wife of King David) wore tefillin. "[There] is the opinion [that women are obligated to wear tefillin] attributed to two prominent tannaim, R. Meir and R. Yehuda, as cited in multiple ...


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The Tashbatz writes in 3:118 that the custom of wrapping the Shin Dalet Yud on the Arm Tefillin is not of Talmudic or Gaonic origin and was not the custom of his teachers, nor the German, French, Provincial or Catolina custom. It originated in Spain as an expression of the love of the Mitzvah - and he takes no issue with it. He then points out that the Shin ...


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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher suggests that at the biblical level, any order is kosher; at some later point there was a formal enactment of a "right" order, which led to this dispute.


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Another answer is that in those days they didn't all wear Tefillin. This can be seen from a few places. Tosafos explains that קרקפתא דלא מנח תפילין means either someone who never put it on or someone who purposely has something against it. From שאלת ותשובות מן השמים as well, in more than one place, it looks like people didn't put on Tefillin. Another fact ...


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I once saw in the ספר יראים that Rabbeinu Tam himself put it on an angle since it was a חשש on his part. This would explain why when there is no room we aren't careful to put the Mezuza on an angle — since it is a Chumra according to Rabbeinu Tam. (When I find this Yere'im again I hope to link to it or at least point and quote.) Other sources seem to have ...



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