If someone is missing the middle finger of their non-dominant hand, how would they wear tefillin? Just skip the 3 wraps around the middle finger? Wrap 3 times around another finger?

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    See Menachos 37a
    – ezra
    Apr 26, 2018 at 13:46
  • I wonder if the finger wrapping is so important that they would suggest putting tefillin on the other arm?
    – DanF
    Apr 26, 2018 at 14:51

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If one is missing his middle finger, he should wrap around the finger closest to the thumb, the index finger. That is the same finger a ring is placed on by marriage, and the wrappings represent our connection to Hashem [as we say "וארשתיך"].

(שו"ת בית ישראל מהאב"ד דעדעלין או"ח סי' ג)

  • @פריזהב Excellent! Much more memorable indeed!
    – mbloch
    Jun 12, 2018 at 2:49

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