Questions tagged [tefilin]

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

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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 ...
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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 a 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 ...
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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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Is wrapping with tefillin straps alone acceptable for enjoyment/practice outside of the mitzvah?

This question may sound strange but I was curious what the Halacha is on it. I enjoy wrapping tefillin. I personally enjoy the ritual of the arm wrap a bit more but both are enjoyable in their own ...
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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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Wearing Tefilin at the earliest Maariv possible

Are there any halachic sources describing a case of someone who laid tefilin before before plag and daven Mincha with, does he have to remove them after plag (when it is still day time) before ...
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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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Is one allowed to have one's kippah resting on the straps of the shel rosh

Is a man permitted to have the kippah that he is wearing resting on the straps of the shel rosh tefillin that are on his head? Perhaps it would be forbidden because it would be a secular object ...
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Tefillin smell after the paint has dried

When i paint my tefillin batim with the paint. It has a certain type of smell. I just want to know how to get rid of the smell as it doesn't smell like natural leather as tefillin should smell like.
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Tagim in Tefilin

I'm having tefilin written for my son's bar mitzvah, and the sofer told me that today the minhag is to only put tagim ("crowns" or "thorns") on the letters שעטנז גץ throughout the tefilin and nothing ...
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I bought a pair of tefillin — help me understand the accompanying certificate? [closed]

Can someone tell me when this paper states? I don't know any Hebrew. I just want to know what the paper that came with pair of tefillin I bought states.
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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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Is the source for tefillin Raavad in his hassagot to MT, hilkhot tefillin 3:5?

I am looking for earlier mekorot on tefillin according to Raavad (following the order of שמע, והי׳ אם, והי׳ כי, קדש, or the reverse of Rabbeinu Tam). Is this comment (to MT hilkhot tefillin 3:5) the ...
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Why is wearing two pairs of tefillin simultaneosly not a violation of Lo Titgodedu (do not create factions)?

There is a custom of some individuals to wear two pairs of tefillin at the same time. I understand based on this and similar answers that there is halachic basis for this practice. However, I believe ...
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Can tefillin shel yad be worn on one's clothes? [duplicate]

Someone I know has a medical condition that prevents him from wearing tefillin on his bare arm. Can an ones wear the tefillin on his clothes, instead, or should he not wear this at all? If the 2nd ...
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Possible to change tefillin from outward wrapping to inward?

Is it possible to change the tefillin shel yad from one that wraps outward to one that wraps inward? Is it necessary to re-tie the knot? Thanks in advance and shanah tovah.
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Why don’t we wear tefillin on shabbos and Yom Tov? [duplicate]

I know that we don’t need to wear tefillin on shabbos and Yom Tov because we only need 2 of the 3 signs to be fulfilled (tefillin, bris mila, And shabbos/ Yom Tov), and since we already have a bris ...
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Forgot to say the brocho on teffilin can I say it now?

Theoretically: If one puts on teffilin and forgot to say the brocho can he say it now? What should he do if he already took them off? Sources please!
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Said the wrong brocho, now what?

If someone was putting on his tallit and instead of saying the brocho on the talit he said the brocho on teffilin. Then 10 seconds pass What should he do (theoretically)? Possible answers: Take ...
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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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Laying tefillin in kiruv

From what I've seen, when groups like Chabbad get otd Jews to wear tefillin, they don't have them make birkot hatorah (or any of the birkot hashachar). Perhaps they're just relying on the Ashkenazi ...
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Does one fulfill the mitzvah of tefillin if he wears it at night time?

I've seen a few questions on this site confirming that the mitzvah for wearing tefillin is during the entire day. Indeed, on Tish'a B'Av tefillin is not worn in the morning for Shacharit but for ...
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Number of short hairs coming out of the base of the head Tefillin

Shulchan Orech 32:44 discusses the hair which is used to bind the parchments in the Tefillin. Rav Moshe Isserles says: "the custom is to bind hair on the parsha and then bind on that kosher ...
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Is a man permitted to petition for permitted sexual relations during the Amidah?

Would a man be permitted to ask Hashem to bring about permitted sexual acts with his current or future wife as part of the requests he makes during the Amidah, given that we are generally highly ...
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How do Chaba"d shluchim size tefillin shel Rosh for everyone?

I see many Chaba"d shluchim have Jews put in tefillin. Wonderful work their doing. However, I read this in Aruch Hashulchan O.C. 27:20: ומקום הנחת תפילין של ראש מהתחלת עיקרי השיער שעל המצח עד סוף ...
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Chofetz Chaim Tefillin Minhag

Do we know the Chofetz Chaim's minhag with respect to Tefillin (i.e., how did he wrap the Tefillin around his arm and hand)? Or if there was a minhag generally in the Radun Yeshiva?
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Can tefillin be “switched”?

The arm tefilla has one compartment and one parchment and the head tefilla has four. Let's say someone has only one type available. He has two head tefillin or two arm tefillin. In such a situation, ...
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If a Strap is partially torn are the Tefillin still Kosher? [duplicate]

Obviously if the Shel Yad Strap is fully torn then the Tefillin are no longer Kosher, but what if it’s a partial rip? Is there a distinction based on how much of the width is torn? Or is a rip a rip?
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Why not wear tefillin on Yom Tov according to Rabbi Akiva? [duplicate]

The Gemara (menachos 36:) quotes an argument why we don’t wear tefillin on shabbos: דתניא (שמות יג, י) ושמרת את החוקה הזאת למועדה מימים ימימה ימים ולא לילות מימים ולא כל ימים פרט לשבתות וימים טובים ...
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Customs for Yom Tov Sheini in Israel [duplicate]

My question concerns the observance of yom tov sheini for a person who is visiting Israel during a chag. If the person is not observing yom tov sheini, are there any different customs they need to ...
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Why does the Vilna Gaon use the Yerushalmi version of Beitzo 1:10?

The Vilna Gaon famously held that there is no proof from Chazal that the obligation of tefillin applies on Chol HaMo'eid. In Bi'ur HaGro on Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayyim 31:2:2, he refutes the most ...
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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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Did Karaites wear Teffilin at all?

I saw this recently: "If one, G-d forbid, [is not careful to place the tefillin above his hairline and instead] puts the tefillin on his forehead, he is following a custom of the Karites, and has ...
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Where is the midrash of “300 days of Tefillin?”

According to various Rishonim and Acharonim who are listed in R' Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger's "Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz Volume 5," there is a Midrash that states that the Shin on Tefillin boxes alludes ...
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How does one put on tefillin with a prosthetic?

Assuming that prosthetic limbs are not considered part of one's body: How would someone put on Tefillin if r"l his non-dominant arm was replaced by a prosthetic from the shoulder? Would the ...
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How long will a pair of Tefillin last?

After how many years are Tefillin supposed to still be acceptable and Kosher? Do people often pass down Tefillin from generation to generation? If so, how old is the oldest pair still in use?
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How does tashmish kedusha arise/operate?

We can use tefillin and their accessories as a case in point. The plastic, protective cover for my tefillin shel rosh broke and I replaced it. The question arises, does this broken plastic box have ...
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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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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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