From what I've seen, when groups like Chabbad get otd Jews to wear tefillin, they don't have them make birkot hatorah (or any of the birkot hashachar). Perhaps they're just relying on the Ashkenazi custom to do exactly this. Assuming they aren't, would kiruv be a reasonable explanation for this?

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    Please clarify (via an edit to the question) what you mean by "the Ashkenazi custom to do exactly this": do you mean the Ashk'nazi custom to get Jews to wear t'filin without saying blessings? It's very unclear to me. – msh210 Jul 14 at 20:06
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    @msh210 I think the shulchan Aruch says to make birkas hatorah before saying pesukim even for prayer purposes, and the rema says it's ok not to. Maybe that's what he means – robev Jul 15 at 0:33
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    You're missing the entire point of the Chabad Tefillin Campaign, at least in the eyes of Chabad, though your concerns are shared by many authorities and is one of the reasons for opposition to the Campaign. – ezra Jul 15 at 3:18
  • Ummm... Chabbad are Ashkenazim. What exactly is your question? – Danny Schoemann Jul 16 at 11:57
  • Most of the tefillin guides that Chabad uses have Birchat HaTorah in them. I was looking online to try and find some of the guides, but wasn't successful. – Menachem Jul 17 at 5:36

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