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Also called "phylacteries": a religious object worn by Jewish men, usually during morning weekday prayers.

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How long does it take for new Tefillin straps to become "worked in" (i.e. soft, compliant, etc)?

I just had to replace my "shel Rosh" Tefillin straps. Obviously they are stiff as can be! I forget how long it took for the last new strap I purchased to become soft and compliant. Does ...
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Cover the forehead when praying even if the head tefillo cannot be seen?

I observed someone praying shacharis who had covered with his tallis both his head and also his forehead down to his eyes. I thought that the possuk Devorim 28 (10) וראו כל עמי הארץ כי שם ה' נקרא ...
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Place to buy new tefillin [duplicate]

Could anyone recommend a place to buy new tefillin? I would be open to buying online or I live in the New York area, so also would be open to a store in the area.
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Source for laying tefillin each workday

It's obvious that there's a long tradition of putting on tefillin each morning that isn't Shabbos or YomTov but what's the source for this? Why each day? Before pekudei d'zmrah, after putting on ...
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Sliding tefillin into place

If one accidentally tightens his tefillin onto the wrong part of his arm, can he fulfill the mitzva by then sliding the tefillin into the correct place?
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A barmitzvah boy saying shehechiyanu on new tefillin when wearing them prior to barmitzvah

Following on from this question and assuming that you make the bracha of shehechiyanu on new tefillin... If a barmitzvah boy has the custom to start wearing his tefillin early. So for example, in ...
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Does hair in front of the head create a chatziza issue with Tefillin Shel Rosh

I personally grow out my hair a bit in the front of my head. A chup I believe it’s called. I’ve heard from different people that this is Halachically unacceptable as it presents a problem when wearing ...
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Evidence for rabbis wearing Tefilin all day

Is there historical, archeological, or written evidence for rabbis ever wearing Tefilin all day, outside Jewish sources?
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Tefillin shel yad- the first knot [duplicate]

I have a crimp in the first knot of my tfillin shel yad, the one directly on my upper tricep, the leather has bended into a crimp. I don’t see how to avoid this crimp. For the tfillin we are ...
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How do you lay tefillin on an injured arm? [closed]

My husband injured his left shoulder and will require surgery. How will he lay tefillin?
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Authentic Q'laph for Tephilin [closed]

The Gemara describes a process for developing q'laph for tephilin. However, this tradition has been lost since then. Has there been any research on restoring the method of producing authentic q'laph? ...
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613 Mitzvos depend on another?

I've noticed the following phrase in a couple places in the siddur: שֶׁתְּ֒הֵא חֲשׁוּבָה מִצְוַת _ לְפָנֶֽיךָ כְּאִלּוּ קִיַּמְתִּֽיהָ בְּכָל פְּרָטֶֽיהָ וְדִקְדּוּקֶֽיהָ וְכַוָּנוֹתֶֽיהָ וְתַרְיַ&...
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The origin of the word Teffilin

We know that the word תפילין appears nowhere in the Tanach. On the other hand, the only meaning of "תפילה" in Tanach is "a prayer" (see Sefaria search תפילה"). Seemingly, ...
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Is there any source for the chosson to wear tefillin at the chupah?

A friend of mine sent me a video clip from a wedding, showing the chosson and kallah under the chupah and the chosson is wearing his tallis and tefillin. I know there is a Sefardi and Yekke custom for ...
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Which comes first after picking up shel rosh: talis or tefilin?

If a person picked up his tefilin before his talis, he puts on his tefilin first (Shulchan Orech OC 25:1). Additionally, if a person picked up his shel Rosh before his shel yad (ibid. :6) he puts down ...
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Can one rely on Rabeinu Tam's shkia for Rabeinu Tam's Tefillin?

If its past normal shkia, yet before Rabeinu Tam's shkia, can one still put on Rabeinu Tam's Tefillin, even though Tefillin isn't supposed to be put on at night in general, since one is anyways ...
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Can a paper crease be a sirtut?

When writing books of Tanakh, we need a sirtut, a horizontal line that helps align the text. Indeed, it is forbidden to write any three words of a verse in k'tav Ashurit without a sirtut. See, for ...
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Tefillin shel yad wrapping custom by Tur

What method of tying tefillin shel yad for the hand suggested by Jacob ben Asher? The palm itself is of interest. I know about three turns on the middle finger. And the rest of hand? Like modern ...
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Practicing tefillin knots

I'm trying to learn how to tie the various tefillin knots: Double-dalet, single-dalet, yud, yud like Chabad... There are various youtube videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LSzRf4Lww8 et al), and ...
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Genizah of tefillin: why strict genizah for the head, but standard genizah for the arm?

On the website torah.org an overview is given of ritual objects that, in case of their disposal, require a strict genizah (buried in a cemetery and sealed in earthenware or hard plastic, preferably ...
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Tefillin on both arms not simultaneously

Why do some people wear tefillin on both arms (not simultaneously)?
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Praying without tefillin but not late

In a case where one does not have access to tefillin during the proper zman of Shacharit, but will soon after, is it preferable to daven after the zman WITH tefillin, or daven during the proper zman ...
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Checking Tefillin after someone has died [closed]

Is there a source that one shouldn’t check the deceased Tefillin after they have died?
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טט בכתפי שתים - is Katfi Coptic?

The gemara in Menachos 34b learns the number of parshiyos in tefillin in various ways. One is ר"ע אומר אינו צריך טט בכתפי שתים פת באפריקי שתים Rabbi Akiva says: ... four compartments can be ...
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Proper placement of Shel Yad

The halacha, as set forth by the Mishna Berurah (27:4), requires the Shel Yad to be above the area where the bicep begins to become elevated. I've read that there is a dispute regarding whether the ...
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Thickening letters for tefillin and mezuzos

The poskim in Orach Chaim 32 talk about the requirement that the letters for tefillin and mezuzos be written כסדרן, in order. As a result (32(23)), if a letter is missing there is no way to fix it ...
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Guf Naki Concerns for Men and Tefillin

The Gemara (Shabbat 49a) says that tefillin must only be worn with a "guf naki" (clean body) which is defined by Abaye and Rava respectively as flatulence and sleeping. Other Rishonim, like ...
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The hand tefillin seems to form a lamed

The outline of the tefillin on the hand, to me, seems to form the letter lamed, reversed for a righty and a forwards lamed for a lefty, shown below. Yes, there are traditions of forming shin on the ...
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Mezuzah - Copying from memory

The gemara Menachos 32b says that even though a Sefer Torah may not be written except "מן הכתב", copied from another text, tefillin and mezuzah don't have that requirement and may be written ...
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Rav Galinsky grabbing his tefillin on Shabbos

In the English translation of the "Higadeta" haggadah by Rav Yaakov Galinsky, on page 309, he describes when the Russians invaded Lithuania and broke into the yeshiva he was learning at, ...
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Can one write sta"m via a stencil?

Say you wanted to write a tefillin, mezuzah, Torah, or any other sta"m venture. To make it easier for you, you created a stencil of the text that you can overlay on the klaf and fill in. You hope ...
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Can you burnish back of tefillin straps? [closed]

We bought tefillin for our son, however the back/inner side of the shel yad have many spots where the leather is very abrasive. Through wearing it the last 7 months most are smooth, but some still ...
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Which Tefillin should one wear if only one is available?

I'm asking this as a multi-part question... 1 - Let's say one can obtain just one tefillin (say, he is poor, can afford to buy just one.) Which one should he obtain first - yad or rosh(hand or head)? ...
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How could anyone think Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin?

There is a widely-held theory that Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin. Rashi here seems to say there is a Bal Tosif (prohibition to add on a commandment) if a women does a Mitzvat Aseh Shehazman Grama (...
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Reciting the parshiyyot of the tefillin on Tish'ah BeAv

Some have the custom to read all four parshiyyot contained in the tefillin while wearing them. (See e.g. Mishnah Berurah 25:16.) It is forbidden to learn Torah on Tish'ah BeAv, but one may recite ...
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Which is better, wearing Tefilin on Rosh Chodesh at musaf or leaving shul early?

Background: Since the corona virus dwindled and then returned, our regular minyan davens in a yard nearby. I put on my tallis and tefilin at home and walk to the yard, daven then return home and take ...
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Cleaning tefillin from Covid19 contact

If someone contacts COVID-19, then everything they touch has to be disinfected. This is normally done with a wet disinfectant. Are there any recommendations for how to do this for tefillin to avoid ...
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Nazir and Tefillin

According to the opinions that state that long hair is considered a chatzitza for tefillin, how would a nazir, who doesn't cut his hair, be able to wear tefillin properly?
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Why are Tefilin never mentioned anywhere in Nach?

Tefillin, for being a quite fundamental part of Judaism, and which were apparently worn all day long in Ancient Israel, are never mentioned in Nach. How would these sacred objects, which are quite ...
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Do we have to kiss our tefilin?

In most Seddurim, at certain points during davening (Ashrei, Shema, etc.), it says to touch and kiss the tefilin. The Shulchan Aruch (28:1) says חייב אדם למשמש בתפילין בכל שעה שלא יסיח דעתו מהם A ...
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Bracha b'mitzvat tefillin on tefilla shel rosh

The bracha that appears in all modern siddurim that I'm aware of for the tefilla shel rosh (whether normally or in case of interruption between the two tefillin) ends with the phrase al mitsvat ...
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How did the mesorah for how to put on tefillin change? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many differences in customs between Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews, since they follow the rulings of the sages from their own communities. The differences in pronunciation (...
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Teffilin in the army [closed]

One who is in the army and going to be on duty all day from before olot (dawn) until after shekiya (dusk), according to some poskim he can put on tefillin then without a bracha, while others rule that ...
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Distinguishing kamatz and patach in tefillin blessing

About the blessing when donning the tefillin Orach Chayim 25:7 says: יברך להניח בקמץ תחת הה"א ולא בפתח ובדגש:‏ He should bless lehaniach with kamatz under the hei and not with patach and dagesh. ...
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Tefillin on the elbow in the history

משנה האומר איני עובר לפני התיבה בצבועין אף בלבנים לא יעבור בסנדל איני עובר אף יחף לא יעבור העושה תפלתו עגולה סכנה ואין בה מצוה נתנה על מצחו או על פס ידו הרי זו דרך המינות ציפן זהב ונתנה על בית ...
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Tefillin on the chest

Were there Jewish religious movements/sects in the history that used to put or hanged their Tefillin on their chest/neck? (rather than on the arm against the heart). As far as I remember, I read in ...
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Bracha on one tefillin

Someone who only has one of the two tefillin can still don it even without the other. What Bracha does one make when donning one of the two teffilin? Does it matter which?
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Has there always been a standardized size for Tefillin or did the size vary throughout history until recently?

I recently came across an image which showed a variety of Tefillin boxes that were much smaller than what I am use to seeing. The image shows them lined up by size with the smallest being roughly ...
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Korban pesach and tefillin

If one brought Korban pesach and didn’t put on tefillin would he put it on after since it’s still midday or do we say since it’s chag hapesach biblically then it’s like chol hamoed? And would the same ...
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The "practicality" of the protection when wearing tefillin

חתם סופר על התורה, כי תבוא מ״א וראו כל עמי הארץ כי שם ה' נקרא עליך ויראו ממך אחז"ל אלו תפילין שבראש Devarim 28:10 says that people will see that God's name is called upon you, and they shall ...
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