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There is a custom of some individuals to wear two pairs of tefillin at the same time. I understand based on this and similar answers that there is halachic basis for this practice. However, I believe it is self-evidently clear that this practice is rare and not normative. I would like to know why this practice does not violate the commandment of Lo Titgodedu

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  • please note I cropped the photo to protect the identity of the person. Cropping it more made it difficult to understand what the picture was. Oct 8 '19 at 15:08
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    I'd have thought you'd first ask about Bal Tosif
    – Double AA
    Oct 8 '19 at 15:17
  • Is this happening in public where everyone else is only wearing one pair? If not why would Lo Titgodedu apply?
    – Double AA
    Oct 8 '19 at 15:18
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    Everyone agrres that Rabbeinu Tam tefillin are worn as a chumra....how is this any different from shmura matzah or glatt kosher?
    – Josh K
    Oct 8 '19 at 15:38
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    I live in Jerusalem and have seen at least 5 people wearing two pairs of tefillin simultaneously, and at minyanim where everyone else is wearing one pair. I don't see this as being the same as shmura matza or glatt kosher, which are chumrot. To me, this seems to be Baal Tosef, along the lines of having 8 parshiot in the Tefillin. I can see a justification for wearing the Tefillin separately, accepting one pair as the Halacha, and the other pair as a chumra, or as adornments without a beracha. What would we say to someone who puts up two mezzuot, one vertical and the other horizontal? Dec 2 '19 at 8:16

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