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

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Are tallitot which are rabbinically obligated put on before or after tefillin

The Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 25 rules you should put a Tallit on before tefillin, this is based on the principle of Tadir, mitzvot which are more common take precedence, generally. However, if one ...
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How to maintain Tefillin

I was doing mivtzaim on Lag B’Omer and there was this one guy that was kind of sweaty. I couldn’t refuse him so I helped him wrap. The issue is that now, several days later, my tefillin still have ...
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Kurdish Tefillin Minhag

What is the minhag that the Kurdish Jews follow regarding how to wrap tefillin? Where does their minhag originate? Is it ancient or more modern?
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Can I put Tefilen back on [closed]

If I took off my Tefilen and realized that I forgot to say the 2 paragraphs that one must say with tifilen on should I put them back on if so should I make a bracha. Thanks to all that help
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Why not recite a beracha when taking off tefillin

According to a sugyah in the Talmud Yerushalmi there were rabbis who held the opinion you should recite a beracha when taking off tefillin: כשהוא חולצן מהו אומר ברוך אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לשמור ...
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Tefillin removal on chol hamoed - first day vs the other days

For those that wear tefillin on chol hamoed, there seems to be a widespread minhag to remove tefillin on the first day of chol hamoed before mussaf, yet on the other days, one does so earlier - before ...
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If a Jew wears Tefillin before Alot HaShahar is it valid B’dieved

According to Halacha, if a Jew wears Tefillin before Alot HaShahar, is it valid B’dieved? Or does it not fill that day’s obligation at all even after the fact?
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At what point of the morning service does one switch from wearing Rashi to wearing Rabenu Tam tefillin?

Many Jews have the custom to wear tefillin according to the opinion of Rashi with a blessing, remove them, and then switch to wearing tefillin according to the opinion of Rabenu Tam without reciting a ...
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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

According to Halacha, Is the actual mitzvah of tefillin on having it on your body or placing it on your body? The reason I ask is because if it’s the former, you could sit still and have someone else ...
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Source for removing tefillin straps from your hands for hagbah

I was told by many people that, if one is wearing tefillin, he should remove the straps of tefillin from his hand before lifting the Torah for hagbah so that they are not in the same place as the ...
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Do tefillin straps have to be animal skin

In Halacha, is there a requirement for the straps made for tefillin to be made out of animal skin such as leather, or no? If there is a requirement, is it Derabbanan, or a Halacha LeMoshe Misinai? Or ...
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What kind of tefillin wrap on the wrist did Ashkenazi communities use in the past?

Most Ashkenazim now use a method in the form of ש such as this one: But were there any other methods? For example, one similar to the Sephardi way?
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Golden tefillin for kings?

I heard in a shiur that Achav, as much as a רשע he was during his reign, actually was a very big תלמיד חכם in Torah knowledge and even wore golden tefilin all day long. Apparently all מלכי ישראל were ...
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Anti-Karaite reactionary basis for increased tefillin observance?

In this blogpost the contention is made, based on many rabbinic sources, that unfortunately the observance of the miswa of tefillin was weakly observed during various historical periods. The author of ...
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Kohen Gadol Teffilin

While conducting the avodah in the Beis Hamikdash, in addition to the 8 garments that made up the Kohen Gadol's uniform, he would also wear his Tefillin. Why isn't the Tefillin considered a 9th ...
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If the shaliach tzibur is reciting birchot hashachar, and you are in the middle of putting on your tefillin, can you answer amen to his brachot?

It's very common in minyan for people to still be putting on their tefillin when the shaliach tzibur begins davening. I always answer amen to birchot hashachar. I was somewhat surprised when another ...
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Is a watch Chatzitzah for tefillin shel yad

According to Halacha does a watch count as Chatzitzah which invalidates tefillin shel yad? So for an average sized wrist watch, is the size between the Arm and arm tefillin strap enough to invalidate ...
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Variations between Ashkenazi customs to wrap tefillin in the fingers

When tying tefillin on the fingers, there are two customs among Ashkenazim when saying “verastich li betsedek uvemishpat uvechesed uverachamim”: tying on two fingers (middle and ring) and tying only ...
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Ashkenazic and Sephardic tefillin

There are tefillin shel yad where the handle is on one side of the box and the knot is on the other, and there are also tefillin shel had where the handle and the knot are on the same side of the box. ...
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Do anybody wear solely rabbeinu tam tefillin [duplicate]

Many people follow the majority Halacha practice of wearing Rashi tefillin. Some people, especially but not exclusively Sephardim and Hasidism, also wear Rabbeinu Tam, which is seen as an act of piety....
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Way to wear tefillin in a different nusach synagogue

When praying in a minyan with a different nusach than yours, should you wear tefillin according to the minyan's nusach or according to your nusach?
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Source for winding retzuos around the finger 3 times

Rambam writes (tefilin 3:12): וְאֹרֶךְ רְצוּעָה שֶׁלַּיָּד - כְּדֵי שֶׁתַּקִּיף אֶת הַזְּרוֹעַ וְיִקְשֹׁר מִמֶּנָּה הַקֶּשֶׁר, וְתִמָּתַח רְצוּעָה אַחַת עַד אֶצְבַּע אֶמְצָעִית, וְיִכְרֹךְ מִמֶּנָּה ...
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Why isn't the Gemara Megillah 16b more direct with its sources?

The Gemara Megillah 16b selection of the pasuk from Devarim (28:10) to explain the term וִיקָר is quite puzzling. It appears that it would have been more fitting and straightforward for the gemara to ...
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Biblical passages after tefillin brachot

Is it a requirement to read the two passages directly after wrapping (V’ydaber Hashem el Moshe l’mor and Vehaya ki yviacha)? What if one is in a hurry? Thanks!
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putting tefillin on diabetics with continual glucose intradermal probe inserted

For diabetics with a continual glucose intradermal probe inserted, can tefillin be put on the right arm even though the person is right-handed as the probe does not allow the Shel Yad to be put on ...
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Extra cover on tefillin shel yad [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of protective cases for the tefillin shel yad have an extra inner cover which slides out, usually a plastic cube with one side missing and a corner cut out for the knot, ...
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Is the extra casing over tefillin required

On the tefillin shel yad, there is an outer black box that covers the actual tefillin box. Is this required?
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Broken teffilin box

If a plastic teffilin case is broken by being chipped into different pieces, but the leather boxes as well as the leather straps are intact, do they need to put the whole teffilin in Geniza? Or should ...
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Connection between tefillin and Divine spousal relationship

We say "I will espouse You to me forever" when we put on tefillin. We have the romantic contrast between our tefillin, which express our love for Hashem, and Hashem's tefillin, which praises ...
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Mordechai wore golden tefillin?

While reading the Targum Rishon on Esther Here it seems to me that it is implying that Mordechai had worn tefillin of gold. טוֹטְפָן דְמַקְבְּעִין בְּדַהֲבָא דְיָדְעִין Is that halachically ...
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Wearing teffilin of different minhag

Are Sephardim allowed to wear ashkenazi teffilin or Ashkenazim allowed to wear Sephardic teffilin? If so, would they still make a berakha? Could one purchase kosher teffilin of a different custom if ...
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Sefaradi Tefillin Hand Wrapping

I'm curious about the significance of the standard Sefaradi minhag of creating a daled on the hand with the tefillin retzuot in two sets of parallel lines? The Baghdadi/Hacham Ovadia method seems to ...
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Why is the box for the arm tefillin called yad?

The mitzva is to wrap the tefillin on the arm. So, why is the box for the arm tefillin called shel yad? (I think this is universal usage.) The word for arm is only 4 letters.
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Why is the Taz's position on tefillin parsha spacing controversial?

When writing tefillin, one should ideally leave a setumah gap between the parshiyot of shema and vehaya im shamoa. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 32:36 holds that this should be done following the opinion ...
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Serving Donuts at Hanachas Tefilin

Is there any source or sefer that mentions the origins of serving pastries in shul when a boy starts putting on tefilin?
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Tefilin and other prayer articles in a bathhouse

Is one allowed to bring Tefilin into a bathhouse or dressing room if he isn’t wearing them? If not, what if he entered the dressing room while wearing them (which is allowed - OC 45:2), may he leave ...
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Removing tefillin, Uva Letziyon, and יהי רצון שנשמור חקיך

There used to be, according to Minhag Eretz Yisrael, a bracha that was said on removing tefillin: אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לשמור חקיו. The Shulchan Aruch rules not to say it, and as far as I know, ...
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Two tefillin dispute: Rambam, Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam, what are we missing?

This dispute was back and forth many times. But I would love to make some clarity and understand (really understand) how Rabbeinu Tam tefillin can be seriously accepted by Hasidic community as a sign ...
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Tefillin fund for bale teshuvah

I'm a baal teshuvah looking to purchase a pair of tefillin, any chance people may know where I may able able to purchase for a subsidized price by any chance? On a very tight budget!
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funds/gemachs for baalei teshuvah

Hey does anyone know of funds/gemachs for baalei teshuvah looking to purchase things such as tzitzis, tefillin, seforim etc? Maybe some baalei Chesed that may be able to help. If able to share would ...
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If someone doesn't have a head, should he still put on the hand tefillin (with a bracha)?

B"H There's a known discussion regarding if the hand and head tefillin are separate Mitzvos or the same. Some include each as a separate Mitzvah in the list of Mitzvos, others (I believe) include ...
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Sources for Teffilin (tefillin) being called a crown

I am looking for early sources of associating tefilin with a crown. It is mentioned throughout kabalah that Tefillin is connected with the sefirah of Keser and is itself a crown which is worn on the ...
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When did the Meiri (and his community) wear tefillin?

The common practice today regarding tefillin is for them to be worn every ḥol day (give or take ḥol hamo'ed). Meiri on Brachot 14b describes various other practices, including one to which he ...
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Where is the source that Mordechai left the king's palace wearing teffilin?

I had seen written that Mordechai left the king's palace (Esther 8:15) wearing teffilin. Can someone help me locate this source? In this Shiur, https://alldaf.org/p/116885 he mentions in the beginning ...
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Does one still fulfill the Mitzvah of Tzitzit even if one didn’t make a Bracha on it? [duplicate]

Is it true that a person still fulfills the Mitzvah of Tzitzit even if they don’t say the Bracha for it? And that would apply to other Mitzvot, such as Tefillin, correct?
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Can wearing big tefillin be seen as yuhara?

I am interested in getting 4x4 tefillin in order to have more mehudar parshiyot, but I'm worried about wearing them in a kehila where they wear smaller tefillin. I'm especially concerned about wearing ...
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Is there any mention to someone wearing tefillin in Tanach? [duplicate]

Aside from the passages in Shmah, are there any accounts discussing or of Jews wearing tefillin in tanach?
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Where is the Vilna Gaon's story of revealing his tefillin shel rosh in court?

Many people quote a story of the Vilna Gaon revealing his tefillin shel rosh when facing ridiculous charges in court. Where is the oldest known source for this story?
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What ksav were the tefillin of the GR"A (AKA Vilna Gaon)?

I had always thought the GR''A wore ksav Beis Yosef but I recently read on https://shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/the-different-styles-of-script-used-in-stam-today-kesav-beis-yosef-arizal-vallish-...
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Which side of the bag holds each Tefilla?

Over on https://torah.org/learning/mishna-berura-s28/ paragraph MB7, the MB discusses on which side of the tefillin bag each tefilla is placed. My question is, in what orientation is the bag held when ...
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