I have recently seen a Chasid wearing two baatim (Rashi and Rabeeinu Tam) on his head but only (Rashi) for Tefillin Shel Yad. Later, a third Tefillin Shel Rosh were applied but the Shel Yad stayed put. Is this halachically correct?

  • Welcome to mi.yodeya, Aharon Palmer! – ezra Nov 1 '17 at 15:17
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat. – ezra Nov 1 '17 at 15:23
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    Aharon, could you clarify something for us? Are you sure he was a chasid? What Chasidic Dynasty was he from? Did he wear three shel roshes at the same time? – ezra Nov 1 '17 at 17:54
  • I have never heard of such a practice and your best bet is to ask the person himself. there are those who wear more than just rashi and rabenu tam but this is not how that is described at all – Laser123 Nov 1 '17 at 17:58
  • I can't recall details but besides for the more common rashi and rabeinu tam Tefilen there is also of the rai'vid and a fourth who's name I can't remember. These last 2 have one bayis being the same as one of the other 2 opinions. So if someone was accustomed to fulfilling Tefilen according to all opinions he would put on rashi take of one bayis, replace it with with opinion 3. Take everything off. Put on rabeinu tam Tefilen. Take one bayis off and replace it with opinion 4. I'm sure some of my details are wrong but that's the general idea. – mroll Nov 2 '17 at 22:00

Some have the custom of wearing both at the same time. The ou site has a discussion concerning Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam tefillin. See point 4.

Rabbeinu Tam tefillin

  • Hmm, see our chat we had here. This should be a comment, not an answer. – ezra Nov 2 '17 at 21:55

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