Is there any sephardim that say the "Al Mitzvas Tefillin" beracha for the Tefillin shel Rosh? Are they allowed to say a beracha for it?

I am asking because in this video, which demonstrates how to put on tefillin the Sephardi and ashkenazi way, and when they show you the sephardi way it says the beracha "Al Mitzvas Tefillin" and "Baruch Shem Kevod..." when the sephardi put on the Shel Rosh.

  • Are you asking specifically about a case where there was no Hefsek between the two Tefillin?
    – Double AA
    Oct 16, 2016 at 15:18
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    avinadav, there is no Sefardi in that video. It's just Ashkenazim (the first wraps "out" aka Nusach Sefard, and the second kid wraps "in" aka Nusach Ashkenaz).
    – Double AA
    Oct 16, 2016 at 15:50
  • that kid was clearly sephardi, dont know what you're talking about
    – user13450
    Oct 16, 2016 at 20:04
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    Not everyone who is tan is sephardi, avinadav...
    – Double AA
    Oct 16, 2016 at 20:08
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    What makes his tefillin sephardi? And sephardim don't have a monopoly on tallitot. Many ashkenazim wear a tallis when wearing tefillin.
    – Double AA
    Oct 16, 2016 at 20:17

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It is not something we do normally. What I was told was, we only say the blessing for the head when we have spoken between putting on the arm and putting on the head. So after the blessing for the arm until the meditation of the finger wrapping is silence. Of course we sit with the arm and stand for the head. I have a mixed family one side does Sephardic and the other Hassidic. So Tefillin I ask lots of questions as a young man. Now am old and it still is a great blessing, never lost its sparkle.

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    Thanks for your answer! Can you clarify with an edit whether the info in its first sentence is Sephardic-based?
    – msh210
    Oct 18, 2016 at 15:04

See SA O C 25, 5:

ויניח של יד תחילה ויברך להניח תפילין ואחר כך יניח של ראש ולא יברך כי אם ברכה אחת לשתיהן

Rabbi Yosef Karo says clearly to bless one blessing only for the two.

The Beur Halacha explained that Rishonim discussed this rule, an that the Gain Mivilna ruled as the Mechaber. Acharonim Sefaradim as Kaf Hachayim follow the Shulchan Aruch.

No doubt about the Sephardic custom. I heard from an old litwak that in Lita, most people blessed one blessing only, may be because of the GRA opinion.

  • No doubt about the Sephardic custom. This isnt a sentence. I assume you meant to write "There is no doubt about the Sehardic custom" and are assuming that no Sephardim make a blessing on the "shel rosh". While this may or may not be true, it is certainly not proven by your answer which cites no sources regarding Sephardic custom(s).
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:16
  • Many Sephardic authorities throughout the ages have disagreed with the ShA on a variety of topics. Sephardim are not a homogeneous group, and they have many differing customs. A quote form the ShA is a prompt for a conversation about Sephardic practice; not the end of conversation.
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:18
  • Note that the OP asked "are there any Sephardim". Even if the vast majority of Sephardim follow this ruling of the ShA, this answer could still be totally incorrect.
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:22

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