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There used to be, according to Minhag Eretz Yisrael, a bracha that was said on removing tefillin: אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לשמור חקיו. The Shulchan Aruch rules not to say it, and as far as I know, nobody does anymore.

The Shulchan Aruch also says that you shouldn't take off your tefillin before the kedusha of Uva Letziyon. I can't help but notice that the last paragraph of Uva Letziyon starts with יהי רצון מלפניך...שנשמור חקיך בעולם הזה. Is there a connection to the no-longer-practiced bracha?

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Well spotted! The Mishna Brura (29-1) explains that they used to say a bracha because they wore the tfillin the whole day and held that night-time isn't a time for tfillin, hence taking off the tfillin before nightfall, was a mitzva which required a bracha. We hold that night-time is zman tfillin (and the only reason we don't wear them then is out of fear that we might fall asleep), hence we don't make a bracha when removing them. The Dirshu edition of the Mishna Brura points to the MB in 25-59, who brings from the Elya Rabbah that on Rosh Chodesh one should remove the tfillin just before saying יה"ר מלפניך...שנשמור חקיך בעולם הזה. The Elya Rabbah himself (https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=41130&st=&pgnum=19) writes that the reason for that is because of the ברכה that they used to say.

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