For those that wear tefillin on chol hamoed, there seems to be a widespread minhag to remove tefillin on the first day of chol hamoed before mussaf, yet on the other days, one does so earlier - before hallel.

What is the reason for this?

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    Because that day's laining is about tefillin (according to the Ezra Torah luach p 129)
    – rosends
    Commented Apr 28 at 10:35
  • Interesting thank you!
    – Dov
    Commented Apr 28 at 11:11
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    Is this question about pesach specifically? Because that word doesn’t appear anywhere in it
    – Joel K
    Commented Apr 28 at 11:14
  • Not necessarily @JoelK - I can't remember off hand what the practise is on Chol Hamoed Sukkos?
    – Dov
    Commented Apr 28 at 11:29
  • @rosends only pretty recent editions of that luach. Until about 1990 they didn't mention that. One has to wonder if the practice was so widespread before.
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 28 at 11:39

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For those who wear tefillin on Chol Hamo'ed Sukkot, the general practice is to remove tefillin before Hallel. On Chol Hamo'ed Pesach the practice is also to remove tefillin before Hallel. (see Mishnah Berurah 25:60 https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Berurah.25.60?lang=bi) However on first day Chol Hamo'ed Pesach because the kriat hatorah mentions tefillin there is a widespread minhag to remove tefillin only after the conclusion of kriat hatorah.


The Minhag to wear the Tfillin on first day חול המועד פסח is brought, as a by the way, in the ספר לקט הקמח החדש סימן כה אות קח (see image) where he mentions that one should remove the tfillin between shlishi, where the tfillin are mentioned, and revi'i 1. This does not seem to be the common practice (which might be because it is difficult to remove one's tfillin in the short time that the sefer Torah is closed, as it is forbidden to remove tfillin in front of an open Sefer Torah). Rather they are commonly removed after revi'i.

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