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You can always retie the knots but the result won't be the same as Nusach Ashkenaz tefilin. Many years ago I purchased Nusach Ari tefilin, after being told that ktav Ari was accepted by both Ashkenazim (Litaim) and Hassidim. Once I learned hilchot tfilin in more depth I discovered that there were other important differences between Ari and Ashkenazi tefilin....


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Halachipedia citing O.C. 317:5, and other sources, says: A bow-knot, slipknot, or a single-knot isn’t a true Kesher-bind and is permissible even if it does remain in place for a while. [21] For example: a ribbon on a gift, a single bind on a shopping bag or garbage liner. It is permitted to tie a slip knot or bow without a underlying knot even ...



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