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If following Ashkenazi minhag to stand while laying tefillin and saying brachot for them, is there any need to stand while removing them as well?

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The earliest source I am aware of for standing while removing tefillin is the 14th century kabbalistic ma'arekhet haelohut. (cited in Beit Yossef OH 28). He states this specifically regarding the head tefillin.

Similarly, the Shulhan Arukh (28:2) references standing for the removal of the head tefillin in particular.

However, the Magen Avraham (28:3) writes that according to the Ashkenazi custom of donning the arm tefillin while standing, one should similarly remove the arm tefillin standing, in addition to the head tefillin. This is in turn cited by the Mishna Berurah (28:6).

Similarly, the Arukh HaShulhan (28:7) writes that if one's custom is to don the arm tefillin while standing, he should also remove it while standing.

So it does seem that among Ashkenazi sources, standing for removing both the arm tefillin and the head tefillin is pretty standard (assuming that that is one's practice for donning them).


It should be noted that most of these sources say nothing about a strict need, as in a halakhic requirement.

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    +1 the argument for parallel practice between donning and removing the Tefillin isn't too convincing since when removing no blessing is recited. – Double AA Mar 1 '17 at 19:56
  • @DoubleAA Agreed. – mevaqesh Mar 1 '17 at 19:59
  • @doubleAA,even though there is an opinion which holds yiu do make a bracaha? – sam Mar 1 '17 at 23:48
  • @sam that's only relevant lishitatam – Double AA Mar 1 '17 at 23:49
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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Siman 10:20

חולצין מעומד

The tefillin should be removed while standing.

So yes, when removing the tefillin, Ashkenazim have the custom to stand up, in the same way that Ashkenazim also have the custom of standing up while initially donning the tefillin.

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