Chacham Ovadia Yosef is shown below wearing tefillin. I've never seen this style of tefillin wrapping. Is this of a particular group or minhag?

side view of rabbi ovadia yosef wearing tefillin
"Ovadia Yosef, 2007" by Talsardar at the Hebrew Wikipedia, used with permission under CC BY-SA 3.0

  • I've seen Temanim wear tefillin like this Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 20:31
  • I would be interested in seeing how he starts wrapping from the bayit of his shel yad. Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 13:16
  • @MenachemEliyahu - You can see a bit of how he does it in this picture here. This was the only one I could find, though. It seems he has the minhag to cover the bayit of the shel yad with his sleeve.
    – ezra
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 19:01
  • @TrustMeI'mARabbi - It seems to me that this is more of a variation on the normal Sephardi wrap; Temanim wrap differently. Do you have a picture of a Temani wearing tefillin like this? That might help the OP a little.
    – ezra
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 19:04
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    I don't understand the question. Are you interested in the number of wraps around the arm, overlaps, or the hand? Sepharadim wrap eight times...
    – MDjava
    Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 3:46

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This wrapping is in accordance with the Yemenite(Teiman) custom.

Source: Nitei Gavriel Halachos V'Halichos Bar Mitzvah V'Hanachos Tefillin.

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