Lubavitch minhag calls for the tefillin battim to be 4 x 4 cm based on the Baal HaTanya's ruling in the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, 32:63. Are there any other communities who have the minhag to use Chabad-sized battim or is this exclusive in Lubavitch?

Normal-sized battim are 3.5 x 3.5 cm or sometimes smaller, and I believe this is based on the Shulchan Aruch of Rabbi Yosef Karo, but I'm not sure.

Obviously, I don't expect there to be any non-Chasidic communities who use these "oversize" battim but surely there must be some Chasidic dynasties which use them as well.

I am specifically looking for a community's custom, not "there's a guy at my shul who wears Beis Yosef tefillin with Chabad battim" or anything like that.

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There is a large type of tefillin called shimusha rabba which sefardi kabbalists wear at mincha. You can read a good deal about them at http://www.torahmusings.com/2011/08/tefillin-shimusha-rabba-and-raavad/

In addition the shulchan aruch harav quotes שימושא רבא (shimusha rabba) as the source for having large tefillin link

  • the Lubavitcher rebbe put 4 pairs of Tiflin rashi, rabenou tam, chimoucha rabba, rabad and the 4 had a size 4*4 it seems to me
    – L770
    Dec 31, 2023 at 14:39

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