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
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 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
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 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 Commented Jun 9, 2015 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 Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 21:10
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    ...I know personally that that guy is sincere, but his "beth midrash" does not exist, neither does his "community," and the rest is just hype. It's like those people who get sucked into every conspiracy theory and health trend that there is and swear by it. My advice is to stick with authentic Yemenites and those who authentically bear the tradition, like Rav Rasson Arusi, Rav Elyaqim Ssadoq, Rav Mahfudh, et al. Hope this helps. Kol Tuv.
    – user3342
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 5:29


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