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I've read this M.Y. question that explains why tefillin are removed before Musaf on Rosh Hodesh and Hol Hamo'ed.

From what I have noticed in Nusach Ashkenaz shuls, on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach, tefillin is removed before Hallel whereas on Rosh Hodesh, they are kept on for Hallel and removed prior to Musaf. Why is there a difference?

Note: I intentionally did not ask about Hol Hamo'ed Succot, because I have heard that the wearing of tefillin is considered chatzitza when you are holding the arbah minim (four species) during Hallel. Thus, the tefillin are removed prior to Hallel.

  • When it comes to when and if to take off Tefillin on Chol HaMoed and Rosh Chodesh, every opinion possible exists. – Double AA May 15 at 21:18
  • @DoubleAA Doesn't surprise me. I would hope that at least most of them have some reason behind it other than, "I'm following everyone else." – DanF May 15 at 21:32
  • The minhag I've seen is that on Chol Hamoed, the tefillin are removed before Hallel. The exception to this minhag is the first day of Chol Hamoed Pesach, when the kriah is the first two parshiyos of tefillin, when the tefillin are removed before Mussaf. – Menachem May 15 at 21:46
  • @Menachem I have heard and read about the exception for 1st day HHP since the Torah reading mentions tefillin. I haven't been in any shul that follows this minhag, though. – DanF May 15 at 21:48

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