There's this video for "ancient tefillin wrapping" that shows a wrapping style utilizing the paleo-hebrew characters. The statement is that this method of wrapping is preserved by the "Banei Abir clan of Habbani Yemenite Jewry" but i'm not able to find more information about them. Does anyone know more, or have more pictures of this clan of Jews wearing tefillin?


  • I can't tell, is the shin in the tefillin shel rosh ashuri? – Yishai Jun 5 '15 at 18:37
  • It should be. The halacha is that the writing and everything else should be ashuri. But how you wind/wrap the tefillin is minhag, so technically you could do it almost anyway you wanted. (Although i think there might be a halacha that one needs at least 7 wrappings) – Aaron Jun 5 '15 at 18:45
  • @Aaron non habbani teimonimtie the same way except they wrap the last wraps on the middle of the hand and not around the wrist. safaradim other mizrahim tie the same way except the make the line with the strap around their thumb instead of making a paleo hebrew dol(triangle). they dont make the sheen and i dont think other teimonim make the sheen as well now a days but they mightve before i didnt do research on how they made the sheen on the hand that much. just that i know both mizrahim/safaradim and teimonim tie the same and both are paleo hebrew in a sense – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Jun 9 '15 at 21:09
  • its worthy mentioning that if people wore the tafillin all day the palm should be free so wrapping the last straps around the wrist makes more sense than the middle of the hand – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Jun 9 '15 at 21:10
  • @Aaron - While there are certainly Jews from Habaan in Yemen who do have some peculiar customs from their region of origin, nobody exactly wraps this way. The problem is that the guy in the video, the "Abir clan" of "Habbani warriors," and making paleo-Hebrew letters with your straps are all phoney. I am telling you from personal experience with these matters. Real Habaanim look much like their Baladi and Shaami counterparts. Here is a video of real Habaanim: youtube.com/watch?v=ECxODKOo_P8 – user3342 Jun 11 '15 at 5:22

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