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I can't tell you for sure but here is some info that may help. Concerning the hephsek between the shel yad and the shel rosh, the Ben Ish Chai is stringent not to interrupt for Kadish or Kedusha between the two even when NO bracha is made, such as when putting on Rabbeinu Tam. See his halachos at the end of parshas Vayeira, shana alef, siman 26. So ...


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According to Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 25:6, one should put on the shel yad first. The reason for this is given in the Mishna Berura, ad loc (23) -- since the reason for the order of "shel yad first" is given explicitly in Double AA's answer the gemara (Menachos 36a), we keep by that order, even though אין מעבירין על המצוות is contradicted.


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In Kesses Hasofer (written by the author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried)) it seems that if the animal was killed without shechita, its skin is of the lowest quality. See the end of siman 2 sif 1: וגם עור שליל מקרי עור לענין זה וכותבין עליו ם״ת תו״מ והוא המובחר ואחר כך עור העוף ואח״כ עור החיה ואח״כ עור בהמה ואחר כך עור נבלה ...


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There are no such laws specific to Tefillin though you are correct that we have laws prohibiting cruelty to animals in general.


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I once left my tefillin in my car in the middle of the Summer. I frantically took them to a sofer in Baltimore to get checked. He was very amused at my being worried. He told me that it is much worse to leave them in the cold than in the heat, but that neither are much to worry about with the quality of today's tefillin. (I had him check them anyways, ...


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Warning: This answer contains original research and anecdotal evidence. I got curious about this because of how hard it is to open gassot and the risk of damaging the battim or parshiyos when you do. Gassot are currently the standard and some sofrim even refuse to sell dakkot, but the transition seems to have happened relatively quickly. A little over ten ...


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From Hasofer.com Extremes in temperature, both heat and cold, commonly cause several different types of damage to tefillin: The batim can crack. The paint of the batim and the retzuot, straps, can shatter. Even the ink of the writing can crack or split away from the parchment inside the batim when you're not wearing them, store your tefillin ...


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The single-Daled knot is made of a vertical and a horizontal strap, when looked at from the outside. The horizontal strap is woven around the vertical strap. The vertical strap goes straight down - but is S shaped. IOW it goes down, up again and then down again. But it's not twisted or tangled. To adjust the straps, you move the vertical strap. For ...


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See here on Tiferes Stam which shows a diagram with instructions for both the double and single.


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7 times specifically comes from the Arizal. In Kabbalah, there are seven Sefiros which correspond to emotional attributes. Since the Tefillin of the hand are about the subjugation of the heart (i.e. emotions) these attributes are specifically represented through the 7 circles. (This isn't the only custom, but that is the point of this one). The Tefillin ...



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