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In this article discussing how Rav Eliezer Berland shlit''a came to Breslov Chassidus, there is a photo of young Berland prior to his bar mitzvah, wrapped in tallis and tefillin.

I immediately noticed the minhag in which he has wrapped the tefillin, and it struck me as a bit odd. It is not the usual Ashkenazi method around the hand.

I'm not an expert on minhagim, but it seems that the "normal" Ashkenazi way of wrapping the tefillin is the Lithuanian minhag. I read a post on A Simple Jew about his minhag from Sudiklov and the hand wrapping looks just like the one in the photo of Berland. (Of course, Berland's tefillin are clearly wrapped inwards per Ashkenazi custom whereas A Simple Jew's are Chassidic and therefore wrap outwards.)

What is the origin of this tefillin wrapping? I have added a photo for convenience. I suspect the minhag might be from Ukraine since Sudiklov (as mentioned in the A Simple Jew blog) is a Ukranian village. Plus, maybe I'm making an assumption that the way R' Moshe Feinstein ztz''l wraps his tefillin is the way all Ashkenazim do.

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlit''a; tefillin bar mitzvah

  • Huh. That’s exactly how I wrap my Tefillin on my hand. Based on that fact alone I suspect this is a Polish minhag. – DonielF Oct 20 '17 at 17:23
  • @DonielF - Cool. – ezra Oct 20 '17 at 17:24
  • @DonielF My family is of Polish origin and doesn't do it like that. – Scimonster Oct 21 '17 at 17:09
  • @Scimonster Nor does mine do as he does around the Bayis. Presumably not every city had exactly the same method. Of course, this entire discussion presupposes that this indeed is Nusach Polin. – DonielF Oct 22 '17 at 0:30
  • @DonielF - It's so interesting to know that this is minag Polin...I would have thought that it would be minhag Lita. – ezra Oct 22 '17 at 6:38

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