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Questions tagged [tefilin]

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

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Why remove tallis before maariv on motzei Tisha B'av?

There is a widespread practice not to wear tallis and tefillin for the morning prayer on Tisha B'Av, instead putting them on for the afternoon prayer. There is also a prohibition against wearing ...
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Tefillin and Shabbat

This says that a person wearing tefillin, all his sins are forgiven and the fire of Gehinnom does not overtake him. Does this also apply to khillul Shabbat?
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Segula of Tefilin

I was looking for some ideas to inspire people to start putting on tefilin everyday. What are the advantages and blessings for a person who dons tefilin?
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At Shacharit at exactly which point does one have to put Teffilin on and off?

If someone cannot put on Teffilin at home prior going to Synagogue and wants to put them on when inside the Synagogue, when is the exact moment of putting them on? Right at the Start of Shacharit? Or ...
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Can one “turn around” a tefilin arm strap in case it is damaged?

If the tefilin strap of the arm tefilin is broken, can one use the remainder piece if it is long enough? Can one turn the strap around and use the "other side" of the strap that was around finger ...
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Making Up Missed Tefillin-wearing

Over at Life in Israel, we find the following interesting psak story: As reported by Kikar, A frum, Haredi, man found himself in a faraway land with no Jews. The beginning of this sounds like the ...
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Examples of old tefillin parshiot

I recently opened a pair of parshiot (Beit Yosef, first half of the 20th century) and I'm trying to identify where they were written. I am certain that if they date to around the bar mitzvah of their ...
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Breaking in new retzu'ot* [duplicate]

I got new retzu'ot this Sunday from a fellow user of this forum, a sofer and my chevrutah. However, these new retzu'ot† are much harder than my old ones were when I got them. How would one go about ...
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How many blessings for Rashi and Rabeinu Tam tefillin?

How many brachot are said when donning two pairs of tefillin (Rashi and Rabeinu Tam)? Does it matter how much time has passed between the two donnings (the one before Shacharit and the second after ...
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Are Tefillin allowed to be put in a prison?

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 135:14) states that one should not bring a Sefer Torah into a prison.: "בני אדם החבושים בבית האסורין אין מביאי' אצלם ס"ת אפילו בר"ה ויה"כ: הגה והיינו דוקא בשעת ...
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Why may one not wear Tefillin after Shekiah?

The Gemara (Menachos 36b) writes: אמר ר' אלעזר כל המניח תפילין אחר שקיעת החמה עובר בעשה ור' יוחנן אמר עובר בלאו R’ Elazar said: whoever places Tefillin after sunset violates a positive ...
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Is wearing tefillin necessary for praying

Are there any sources that address whether a person, on purpose, prays without tefillin, would he have to repeat his prayer, or once he did it he doesn’t have to repeat it?
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Halachic consequences of throwing Tefillin (inside double bag) to floor

Imagine that a person with anger throws Tefillin to the floor, but the Tefillin are inside two bags. What are the Halachic consequences?
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Wearing Talit and Tefillin at Mincha

I put on my tallit and my tefillin for Shacharit on each appropriate weekday morning. But I do not wear them when I go back to shul to daven mincha. It is still day, so there would be no issue of ...
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Sefer on tefilin

Is there a sefer out there that goes through all of the halachos of tefilin, but has pictures to help explain the different parts?
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Tefillin care- perspiration

Those of us who live in hot climates often sweat profusely during davenning. Talit are obviously an aggrevating factor. In my case, this is already discoloring the bottom of the shel rosh beit of my ...
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Rambam on writing Teffilin and Mezuzah on Chol Hamoed

The Rambam in Hilchot Yom Tov (7,13) says that on Hol Hamoed it is Assur to write Tefilin or Mezuzah for others unless the Sofer needs the money for Tzorech Yom-Tov. Kesef Mishneh says that the Rambam ...
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Recovering soiled tefillin

My father's tefillin (z''l) turned up in a storage box. Unfortunately the box, which had been left open in the basement, was misused as a catbox (by the cat, not by human intention). The tefillin are ...
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Tefillin Chol HaMoed Hefsek

Although it's forbidden to make an interruption between putting on the tefilin shel yad and shel rosh (Shulchan Aruch 25:9) אסור להפסיק בדיבור בין תפלה של יד לתפל' של ראש ואם הפסיק מברך על של ראש ...
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Were Tefillin worn in the Midbar?

Were Tefillin worn in the Midbar (40 years of wandering) before the Jews entered Israel? If so what Parshiot were in those Tefillin? According to those who say Moses wrote Deuteronomy at the end of ...
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Selichoth with Tallith and Tefillin

Assuming one is saying selichoth during the time of tallith and tefillin (e.g. ~6AM in the greater New York metropolitan area), should one put them on first or wait till after selichoth? Does it make ...
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Cylindrical Tefillin

The wikipedia page on tefillin shows cylindrical tefillin found in the Cairo geniza, with reference to this image from here: The source from the wikipedia page cites this: Kiell, Norman (1967). The ...
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Taking teffilin off after saying bracha

What should someone do, who has the urge to use the bathroom right after saying the brachah on putting on the tefillin? Shall he put the tefillin shel yad and tefillin shel rosh and remove them? Or ...
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Nefilat Apayim on arm without tefilin

The prevalent Ashkenazi custom, with regards to nefilat apayim during shacharit is to lean on the arm that one does not wear his tefilin on. However at mincha the custom is to lean on the left arm. ...
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Position of Tefillin Shel Rosh

Why is it that we wear our tefillin specifically above our hairline? Is there any special reason for that part of the head? I recently heard the answer from a Rabbi however I couldn't recall. I am ...
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Teffilin strap paint chipped off? [duplicate]

Are there any sources that say that the teffilin strap don’t have to be all black, meaning that if there was some chipped paint it would still be kosher?
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How did Romaniotes wrap tefillin?

Everyone knows that Sephardics and Ashkenazis wrap tefillin differently. But how did/do Romaniotes (from parts of Greece, mainly Ioannina) wrap it?
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When were tefillin worn prior to the “standardization” of Tefillat Shacharit? [duplicate]

I'm making a few assumptions in asking my question. If they're incorrect, please comment. Tefillat Shacharit is a substitute for the Shacharit sacrifice that was brought in the Temple. I have also ...
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Oteir Yisrael on Tisha B'Av

According to page 48 of the Kinot by Rabbi Abraham Rosenfeld, one does not say the bracha of "Oteir Yisrae'sl B'Tifarah" in shacharit of Tisha B'av. Instead, one says it at the beginning of mincha (on ...
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Tefillin at chatzos on Tisha BAv

The general practice is to not wear tefillin in the morning on Tisha BAv (OC 555:1). However, after chatzos many of the mourning practices which are only customs are lifted. As such, people wear ...
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What is the meaning of Eth Eyd'yam אֶת-עֶדְיָם in Shmoth (Exodus) 33.6?

how would you translate Shmoth 33.6 אֶת-עֶדְיָם ayd is witness so I'm guessing the literal is "witnesses" in the plural - some translate it as "ornaments" others as "finery" and others as "crowns" but ...
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Can any part of Sta"m-making be done by a Gentile?

There are several steps that I can think of that "precede" or are "peripheral" to the actual writing of Sta"m (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and mezuzot). Can any of these be done by a Gentile? Preparation /...
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borrowed my Teffilin, fell asleep, nocturnal emission

If somebody borrowed my Teffilin, and then accidentally fell asleep while wearing them, and during his sleep experienced a nocturnal emission, have my Teffilin become spiritually damaged at all?!
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Prostrating with tefillin

I have heard many times that one cannot let tefillin touch the floor. However, it's known that the original Jewish practice was to bow and prostrate on the floor. How was one able to do this without ...
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Why are tefillin worn on the head and not between the eyes?

Take a look at these images of people wearing tefillin. From this: https://www.karaiteinsights.com/article/mamzer You shall tie them as a sign on your arm and as frontlets between your eyes.” ...
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Four Pairs of Tefillin: Why only the Shel Rosh?

Although not a normative custom, there is a rare custom practiced by lofty individuals to put on four pairs of tefillin (Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam, Shimusha Rabba and Raavad). In Hayom Yom, the ...
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Answering Amen on Tefilin

I understand there is a machlokes whether the mitzvah of tefilin is 2 separate mitzvos or rather one mitzvah with 2 parts. Thus, in terms of blessings, some Ashkenazim make 2 but say ‘Baruch shem kvod ...
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Why would there be a piece of retzuah in the compartment of the tefillin shel yad?

Recently, I came across an old pair of tefillin peshutim of mine. They became un-fit for use years ago, and I have since replaced them with a sturdier pair, B''H. They aren't vintage, but they have ...
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Do all the letters in Sta“m need to be the same ”baseline" height?

I know that prior to writing a column in a Sefer Torah, a Sofer "scores" the parchment to mark the rows. I am also aware that certain letters have "risers" and "descenders" (e.g. a final nun has a ...
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Can one coerce someone to donate a mitzvah item that he is not using?

Many people own various mitzvah items that they do not use. It could be a Kiddush cup, tallit, and notably, tefillin. I know that ideally, someone should convince (force?) them to perform the mitzvah ...
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Owning a pair of Tefillin, Halacha or convenience?

I came to the realization* that every single Bar Mitzva boy gets his own pair of Tefillin, and that in general everyone seems to make sure to only use their own pair of Tefillin. Interestingly, by ...
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Tefillin for somone missing fingers

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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Sukkah vs Tefilin

If one is in middle of a meal on Sukkot and that person uses the bathroom, when one returns to his Sukkah, it is my understanding that a new blessing on the sukkah is not required. However, when it ...
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Why has a single daled knot become the “standard” on tefillin?

It has been brought to my attention that originally, both Ashkenazim and Sephardim used a square knot (also called the "double-daled knot") on the tefillin shel rosh, but when the daled knot was ...
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Tefillin Shin Minhagim

There are different minhagim as to how the shin is supposed to look on the tefillin shel rosh. Is there somewhere where I can view each of the most common minhagim? (Ashkenaz, Sepharad, Arizal, Chabad,...
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Verses before wrapping hand tefillin on your fingers

Many Ashkenazim recite the following verses before wrapping hand tefillin on their hands: וּמֵחָכְמָתְךָ אֵל עֶלְיוֹן תַּאֲצִיל עָלַי, וּמִבִּינָתְךָ תְּבִינֵנִי. וּבְחַסְדְּךָ תַּגְדִּיל עָלַי, ...
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Halachally speaking, do arm-Tefillin straps have to be a specific length?

Strange but simple question. I own a pair of Tefillin and because of the width of my arms I always struggle to get the final strap wrappings for the arm Tefillin down to my finger knuckles. I can ...
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Retzuot in front: Halakha? Source?

It appears to be the universal practice that the straps of the Tefillin Shel Rosh hang down in front of the wearer. If it doesn't have a source de-Rabbanan, it must be one of those unwritten minhagim ...
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Why do some (e.g., Chabad) only say one tefillin blessing?

I have noticed that while most Ashkenazi siddurim have blessings for both arm and head tefillin (להניח תפלין and then וציונו על מצות תפלין), Chabad only does one blessing, and I remember seeing a ...
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Source (Ashkenazi) for kissing Tefillin at Bracha of Yotzer Or?

The Ashkenazi ArtScroll Siddur says to kiss your Shel Yad at “Yotzer Or” and Shel Rosh at “Borei Choshech”. What’s the source for this?