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

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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?
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Touching the tefillin during Ashrei

Most Ashkenazi siddurim note that some have the custom of touching the arm and head tefillin (and then touching the fingertips to the lips) upon reciting the verse .פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת-יָדֶךָ; ...
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Tefillin Before Rashi's Time

If we speak of Rashi tefillin and Rabbeinu Tam tefillin, what kind of tefillin did people put on before Rashi's time?
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How tefillin shel rosh are made?

Tefillin consists of two main parts: the ketzitza (קציצה) and the titura (תיתורא). The ketzitza is shaped like a cube and consists of four capsules (בתים). It sits on top of a platform called the ...
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Did Rabeinu Tam wear Rashi Tefilin?

To the best of my knowledge the majority of people that wear Rabeinu Tam Tefilin put it on without a Bracha at some later point in Tefila or after Tefila. Based on this I was wondering is there any ...
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Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin

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....
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What is this tefillin minhag?

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 ...
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Tefillin - Source for the Chabad Kesher

Ashkenazim wrap inwards, so both the yud kesher and the loop the strap goes through are near the body of the wearer. Sephardim wrap outwards, so their kesher places the yud near the body and loop on ...
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What is a “fishtran” fish?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Siman 10, Sief 1 .(וְיֵשׁ לִמְשֹׁחַ הָרְצועוֹת תָּדִיר בְּשֻׁמָּן שֶׁיִּהְיוּ שְׁחוֹרִים (וְלֹא יִמְשְׁחֵם בְּשֻׁמָּן דָּג הַנִּקְרָא פִישְׁטְרָאן כִּי הוּא מִדָּג טָמֵא ...
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Tefillin - Are there any others who wear 4 x 4 battim besides Chabad?

Lubavitch minhag calls for the tefillin battim to be 4 x 4 cm based on the Baal HaTanya's ruling in the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, 32:63. Are there any other communities who have the minhag to use Chabad-...
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Morning blessings without Tefillin, Tallit, or Tzitzit

If a person doesn't have Tallit, Tzitzit, or Tefillin, does a person say the morning blessings regarding them during Shacharit?
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Why do some people split the third and fourth wrap on their arm when wrapping tefillin?

When wrapping their tefillin shel yad, I have noticed that some people (mainly Chasidim, especially Lubavitch but also in other dynasties) wrap around the arm three times, then make a visible split ...
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Wearing tallit “late”

Based on this question. If one (who has the tradition of wearing a tallit while davening shacharit, be it because he is married, or over 13) can not wear a tallit in the morning, does he put one on ...
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Is enabling a mitzva a one-time mitzva, or each time the person does it?

As I understand it, if someone is too poor to get married/do a specific mitzva, it is a mitzva in itself to help them perform it. In the case of mitzvos which are continuous, such as the laying of ...
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Only arm tefillin are a sign?

The four parshas of tefillin appear slightly differently each time when the Torah describes the mitzvah. Shemos 13:9 וְהָיָה֩ לְךָ֨ לְא֜וֹת עַל־יָדְךָ֗ וּלְזִכָּרוֹן֙ בֵּ֣ין עֵינֶ֔יךָ לְמַ֗עַן ...
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Why don't we wear tallit and tefillin on Tisha B'Av morning?

I am aware that an onen (person whose close relative has died but has not yet been buried) does not wear tallit and tefillin. As I understand, during Tish'a B'Av, we are considered aveilim (mourners, ...
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What minhag is this tefillin wrapping in this video?

This video on YouTube shows man showing a particular minhag for wrapping tefillin which he says is Nusach Arizal. It looks a lot like the Chabad method (such as making the shin on the bicep), but I ...
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Why do chasidim of Hungary and Poland use a sefardi tefilin knot?

Why do the chasidim originating from Galicia, Silesia, Poland (with the exception of Gur and a few others) use a sefardi knot with the loop outside the bayis instead of the inside as per ashkenazi ...
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Is there a Torah source for what to do when putting on tefillin?

Or is it just oral tradition passed down? The Torah just says to put on tefilin, doesn't say what to do when putting them on.
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How can you politely stop people from coercing performance of a mitzvah? [closed]

I read this question - Contemporary rabbinic views on social pressure to get people to do Mitzvoth - and it seemed to apply to a recent situation. I was with a group of friends recently on a Sunday ...
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Are you allowed to invent your own method for wrapping the tefillin shel yad?

Generally speaking, one receives his method for wrapping the tefillin around the arm and hand from his father (or for a ger, usually the custom of the community/rabbi is the one he follows). Is one ...