Which communities wear tefilin while davening Minha on ordinary weekdays? I was told by my Rav that some do.

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    I once heard that some Sepharadim do. Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 23:01
  • Thanks. Which ones ?
    – maaaan
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 23:02
  • I'm unsure. I heard it from a piece written by R' Hamburger which was bringing a source for 9 Av at minchah. Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 23:24
  • @maaaan. The following link explains that there are several types of tefilin containing different passages (or order of passages.) Rashi version has become standard. Kabbalistic believe that one should daven Shacharit in Rashi and Shimusha Raba during mincha. So perhaps the answer is, Kabbalistic (or those who tend to that belief) wear tefillin twice. The link also gives other possibilities including the fact that we are suppose to wear tefillin all day and that if it was an isolated incident, the person may have not yet have said Shacharit. ohr.edu/3943
    – JJLL
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 2:32
  • Thanks for this excellent answer! Do you understand this part of the link : "Since tefillin worn backward does not disqualify the mitzvah (O.Ch.,M.B. 27:12), wearing Rashi or R.T. is like reversing Shimusha Raba or Ra’avad tefillin respectively. In this way, each pair of either Rashi or R.T. worn the right way simultaneously fulfills the corresponding opinion in the de facto, reversed way. Thus, all four opinions can be fulfilled with only two pair." If wearing tefilin backward does not fulfill the mitswa, how can the 4 opinions be fulfilled with only two pairs?
    – maaaan
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 2:49

3 Answers 3


Technically the Zilberman community in the old city do, but they wear them all day anyway


The Teshuvos VeHanhagos mentions a few:

  1. Some communities in Israel (now and during the time of the Reishis Chochma)
  2. R' Velvel Brisker
  3. The Rama MiPano
  • 2 & 3 are not communities. 1 needs a source. +1 anyway.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 20:51
  • @mevaqesh better? Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 23:30
  • It could be further improved with the identities of the these communities and some reference to their practice. Even if the source is personal observation, noting this would improve the question. Regarding the Reishis Chochmah, is this something that he writes? If so, where?
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 23:32

Regarding your seeing people wearing tefillin during mincha, there are several possible explanations:

1] They may have missed shacharit or wearing Rashi tefillin for whatever reason, so they endeavor to fulfill that day’s mitzvah of tefillin at least during the mincha prayer rather than at some other time of the day.

2] Since technically speaking the mitzvah of tefillin is to wear them all day long, even though this is not done, some choose to wear Rashi tefillin at least during mincha in addition to shacharit.

3] According to the kabbalists, in addition to using Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam tefillin in shacharit, one should use Shimusha Raba tefillin in mincha.

Source: ohr.edu/3943

  • How does this answer the question?
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 3:31
  • I agree that only the 3) answer the question. But the 1° and 2° also help understand why some people where tefilin while davening mincha.
    – maaaan
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 3:32
  • How does 3 answer anything? Is there a community that follows this position? I can find lots of sources that suggest one should. The question was which communities do do it
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 3:33
  • If they should do it, there is a good chance some do do it. And "doing it" is not only about the "facts" it is also regarding the law: Kabbalist do wear the tefilin while davening mincha, at least according to Kabbala...
    – maaaan
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 3:36
  • Ok but who are they? The Shulchan Arukh also recommends wearing Tefillin during Mincha. But who follows that?
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 3:38

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