I have seen two common abbreviations written on tefillin cases (I'm referring to the, most commonly red, cases that you put the tefillin into when you have completed wearing them):

תובב"א and פעיה"ק

What do these abbreviations mean?

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    Have you tried checking an acronym dictionary? Or just typing them into Google? The first Google result for each of those terms is a definition. This post doesn't show any research effort.
    – Double AA
    Dec 28, 2016 at 18:51
  • Does the box say anything on the other sides in order to understand the context of these terms? Perhaps a picture may be helpful, as numerous style containers are out there with different inscriptions.
    – Double AA
    Dec 28, 2016 at 18:54

2 Answers 2


Wikimilon has the abbreviation


standing for

תיבּנה ותיכּונן במהרה בימינו אמן.

It should be built and established speedily in our days, amen.

The abbreviation is used for the 4 holy cities  ירושלים, טבריה, צפת וחברון; Jerusalem, Tiberias, Safed and Hebron.

And is used as in this example

בעיה"ק ירושלים תובב"א

where עיה"ק

stands for

עיר הקודש

holy city.

  • I think its referring to where the teffilin were made,but I guess nowadays all have it on them
    – sam
    Dec 29, 2016 at 2:48

Avrohom Yitzchok has answered what "תובב״א" stands for; I'll tell you what "פעיה״ק" stands for: "פה עיר הקדש" ("here [in] the holy city]"). (This is what I learned years ago, I don't remember from whom/what.)


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