Questions tagged [tefilin]

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

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Sources on covering tefilin shel yad

I've read several things about covering the tefilin shel yad : covering it with the tallit while fixing it covering it with the tallit for the entire tefila covering it with the shirt sleeve for the ...
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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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Fast or give charity if a Tefillin strap gets twisted?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 10:14 states regarding tefillin that, "Care should be taken that the black side of the straps face outward. If it happens that the straps become inverted around your ...
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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 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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Tefillin on both arms not simultaneously

Why do some people wear tefillin on both arms (not simultaneously)?
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Is there a deeper significance of squares and cubes?

I've noticed that many of the structures in the Mishkan as well as elsewhere in Judaism are cubes and squares, or multiples of cubes and squares. The luchot are two half-cubes which combine to make a ...
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Best practices for praying in public with talit and tefilin

I just learned that a flight out of New York was diverted because a flight attendant saw a passenger putting on tefilin and freaked out, thinking that he was strapping on bombs. So, do you have any ...
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Source justifying no Tefillin: 9 Av

I was discussing the Ashkenazi minhagim and hanhagot of Tish'a beAv with a contact of mine, namely the universal Ashkenazi practice to refrain from tallit and tefillin until after chatzot. He told me ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does the Torah use the non-Hebrew word 'Totafot'

Related to this question. Rashi, on Shemot (13:16): "...וְהָיָה לְאוֹת עַל יָדְכָה וּלְטוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ " writes: and for ornaments between your eyes: Heb. וּלְטוֹטָפֹת, tefillin. Since ...
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God's Pair of Teffilin

How is it that when Moshe turns his head not to see God's face, he sees He's got on teffilin? I thought God had no physical form.
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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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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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What is the meaning of “guf naki” regarding prohibitting women to wear tefillin?

I wish to preface that I know that there are various concerns both pro and against women wearing tefillin, and for some, this is a "hot" issue. For purposes of my question, please dispel personal bias,...
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Does an open wound make one unfit to lay Tefillin?

In order to be fit to wear Tefillin one must have a guf naki, a clean body (Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 37:2) . Suppose one has an open wound or sore on one's skin and it is actively bleeding or ...
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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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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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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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Story identification: Rabbeinu Tam argues with Moshe Rabbeinu

In this answer, a strange and rather fascinating story is quoted from the Seder Hadoros: Seder Hadoros (year 4930) brings the story of an argument between Rabeynu Tam and other Rishonim regarding ...
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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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May women wear tefillin as an amulet?

I know there's some controversy on the permissability of women wearing tefillin and that most poskim forbid it. From what I understand that is for women to wear tefillin for the purpose of the mitzvah ...
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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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Leshem Kedushat Tefillin

When one plans on touching up both the shel rosh and shel yad with paint, does he say "Leshen Kedushat Tefillin" once for both tefillin or twice (once before each tefillin)?
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Why is there a difference when to remove tefillin between Rosh Hodesh vs. Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?

I've read this M.Y. question that explains why tefillin are removed before Musaf on Rosh Hodesh and Hol Hamo'ed. From what I have noticed in Nusach Ashkenaz shuls, on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach, tefillin is ...
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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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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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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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Problem with Teffilin Batim?

Do any sources say that using shiny Teffilin paint for the Teffilin Batim is a problem? Do any sources say That the paint on the batim must be Compeltely smooth, or can there be tiny spots as in the ...
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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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Bracha for one teffilin [duplicate]

If I take off my shel Rosh and shel yad, then a few hours later put on my shel yad only - what bracha do I make?
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Speaking while wearing Tefillin - revisited

In today's day and age the vast majority of the time we only wear Tefillin when we are Davening. However, in theory, we should wear them all day (ibid). So what about the requirement not to speak ...
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why is flatulence forbidden in tefillin and during prayer

Why is flatulence forbidden in Tefillin and during prayer? Is it because partials of the feces get stuck to the body so now you do not have a clean body? or what?
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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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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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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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