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As part of the extensive research behind my RASHI'S DAUGHTERS, no subject intrigued me more than the elusive [and ubiquitous] legend that they wore tefillin. Indeed, when I first started studying Talmud and was introduced to Rashi, I was told that legend held that they were learned and wore tefillin. I actually tracked the earliest mention of this back to ...


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A non-Jew certainly may wear tefillin (in other words, there is no law against them doing so), but they will not be fulfilling a mitzvah. From that perspective, they might be viewed in the same way that one views a Jewish woman who lays tefillin: the Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chaim 38:3) exempts her but allows her to wear them if she wishes. Note, however, that ...


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The Talmud (Arachin 3b) informs us that the Kohanim were exempt from wearing the Tefillah shel Yad while servicing in the Temple because it would constitute a separation between the priestly garments and the skin. The Tefillah shel Rosh could still be worn, and the priestly garments on the head were worn in such a way as to leave room in the front for the ...


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According to this article by Rabbi Dr. Ari Z. Zivotofsky (published in the Orthodox Union's Jewish Action Journal, Summer 2011), such a source does not exist. Apparently, this idea appeared in the late 20th century, and never before then.


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The Mishna in Menachot 4:1 states: תפלה של יד אינה מעכבת של ראש ושל ראש אינה מעכבת של יד The hand Tefillah does not prevent the head Tefillah, nor does the head Tefillah prevent the hand Tefillah. So you definitely still wear the head Tefillah no matter what happens to your arms. The Mishna Berura writes (OC 27 sk 1) that if one put tefillin on the ...


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The Mishnah Berurah there (s.k. 28) explicitly addresses your question. ואפילו לאותן המניחין תפילין בחוה"מ בלי ברכה או המניחין תפלין דר"ת אחר שחלץ תפלין דרש"י או שחלץ תפלין ע"מ להחזירן דהרמ"א בסי"ב פסק דא"צ לחזור ולברך כשמניחן אח"כ אפ"ה עבירה היא להסיח ביניהן דלכתחילה בעינן שיהיו סמוכין ותכופין זה לזה דכתיב והיה לך לאות על ידך ולזכרון בין עיניך שיהא הוייה ...


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The Rama rules (OC 27:4 based on Teshuvat HaRashba 1:827) that there is only a problem of a chatzitza (separation between the tefillin and the skin) under the boxes not the straps. The Mishna Berura there (sk 16) notes that most later authorities only accept this for the parts of the straps that do not directly relate to the tying (ie. the parts between the ...


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The Shulchan Aruch (OC 40:8) rules that אכילת עראי temporary eating is permitted while wearing Tefillin. Drinking water would seem to fall in this category.


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The Gemara states this (and the reasoning behind it) explicitly on Menachot 36a: תנא כשהוא מניח מניח של יד ואחר כך מניח של ראש וכשהוא חולץ חולץ של ראש ואחר כך חולץ של יד בשלמא כשהוא מניח מניח של יד ואח"כ מניח של ראש דכתיב וקשרתם לאות על ידך והדר והיו לטוטפת בין עיניך אלא כשהוא חולץ חולץ של ראש ואח"כ חולץ של יד מנלן אמר רבה רב הונא אסברא לי אמר קרא והיו ...


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Keset HaSofer 21:14 rules that you can't put ground ivory into the tefillin paint as it is not from a kosher animal (an elephant). Accordingly, it would seem that one would need to make sure to use paint that has a certification ensuring that all ingredients are from kosher species.


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It is a halacha l'Moshe miSinai that the r'tzu'os must be black (M'nachos 35a), and this is a requirement for valid t'fillin. The straps must be re-blackened if the paint becomes scratched or abraded (Bach OC 32:25). Abrasions are especially common (if not readily noticeable) in the vicinity of the knot of the shel yad, and special attention should be paid ...


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There is much discussion in Jewish literature about this subject, and there is also a difference between a woman wearing a tallit and tefillin. It is easy to show what the Gemara and the Rema say, but leaving out all of the rishonim and acharonim on the topic would prevent learning where the halakha stands. But here is a start. Regarding tefillin Mishna - ...


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Yes, there are standard sizes, though obviously there are usually going to slight variations in fit for every pair of handmade tefilin. The sizes seem to be measured by cm2 millimeters. Based on my experience they tend to err towards a looser fit; I usually adjust this by adding a sticker or a piece of paper on the inside. This piece is sometimes called a "...


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Tefillin may not be donned on Shabbat and Yom Tov (Menachot 36b, Shulchan Aruch OC 31:1). Rav Yosef Karo (ibid :2) rules that the days of Chol HaMoed are included in this prohibition, but Rav Moshe Isserlis rules they are not included and Tefillin should be worn. Modern customs vary widely on the latter point and one's personal rabbi should be consulted ...


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Taamei Haminhagim - page 548 / קע"ז & page 549 says that since when we say Poseach Es Yadecha we are supposed to have in mind the Roshei Teivos פא"י and the Sofei Teivos חת"ך which are the Shaimos of Parnasa. Therfore we put our hands on the Tefilin at this point to show that we are only requesting Parnasa in order to be able to do Mitzvos.


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The Rambam in Hilchos Melachim 10:9-10 says a non Jew cannot keep shabbas ,but if he wants to perform other mitzvos for its reward it is permissible but has to be performed in the correct manner. exact wording: בן נח שרצה לעשות מצוה משאר מצות התורה כדי לקבל שכר. אין מונעין אותו לעשות כהלכתה. ואם הביא עולה מקבלין ממנו. נתן צדקה מקבלין ממנו. ויראה לי שנותנין ...


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The first line with a checked options has: [x] New Tefillin [] Used Tefillin The next horizontal line indictes writing Style: [] Sepharadi / Yemenite [] Ashkenaz - Ar"i [x] Ashkenaz - Beis Yosef The vertical checklist gives the quality: [x] Basic - Mehudar [ ] "small animal" - leather from sheep or goats [ ] "small animal" one piece - the ...


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Rashi in Rosh Hashanah 33a holds that women may not perform mitzvot in which they are not obligated because of "bal tosif." ד"ה הא נשים מעכבין. דפטורות לגמרי דמצות עשה שהזמן גרמא הוא וכי תקעי איכא בל תוסיף Although Rashi's opinion rejected by most Rishonim, it does seem to make the story that his daughters wore tefillin more unlikely. (Tosafot in Eiruvin ...


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According to R. Yosef Karo's uncle, R. Yitzchak Karo, the Sephardic practice prior to the Zohar was like the Rosh, to wear tefilin with a bracha (quoted in שו"ת בית יוסף, תש"כ, עמ' שפה). The Beit Yosef (או"ח סי' לא) cites the Rashba in addition to the Zohar, as the source for the change in Sephardic practice. It isn't clear what Sephardic practice was prior ...


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The premises of your question appear to be incorrect. The Rambam (Hil. T'fillin 4:5) says to first put on the shel yad (phylacteries of the arm) and to then put on the shel rosh (phylacteries of the head): וקושר של יד ואחר כך מניח של ראש Translation: And he should bind the arm phylacteries [to his arm] and afterwards don the head phylacteries. The ...


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The Targum Yonasan to the verse prohibiting a woman to wear men's gear says specifically it includes Tallis and Tefilin. However, that doesn't seem to be the prevailing opinion. The Aruch HaShulchan and Rav Moshe Feinstein both address the issue of women wearing Tefilin, and neither of them concludes that it's prohibited because of that Targum Yonasan. At ...


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In addition Rabeinu Tam holds (see Bais Yosef (3rd from top)) that the word Letotofos in the Parsha Vehaya Im Shomo'a is written without any Vov while we write it with a Vov after the first Tes even in Rabeinu Tam's Tefillin.


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The actual dispute is not about which direction to wrap, but the location of the loop through which the retzua is threaded. We find this dispute in the Biur Halacha (27:2 ד"ה המנהג), he quotes the Beis Yosef in the name of the Mahari Ben-Chaviv who holds that while the "yud" should be located at the bottom of the tefillah the loop should be located at the ...


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The Ben Ish Chai (Shana alef parshas vayeira 21) brings the Levush who writes that by the kever of Yicheskal HaNavi something fell and revealed a very old pair of teffilin and it was keseder Rashi .At first we thought that it is like every machlokes that one shittah iis batel to the other one.That was until the Arizal came and said bkabbalah from the mouth ...


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See this page on Tiferes Stam, which shows a diagram with instructions for both the double- and single-daled knots, as well as information about how the tefillin should fit. The instructions for tightening the double-daled knot are: Say לשם קדושת תפילין, then Pull the strap marked with the arrow down, making the head loop smaller Close the ...


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HaRav Yitzhaq Yosef in his Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh, Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 27:4) states (my translation/emphasis): מותר להסתכל בראי כדי לראות אם התפילין של ראש מונחין במקומן. ומכל מקום אין צריך להקפיד בזה כל כך, ודי שיבדוק כפי מה שיש ביכולתו שהתפילין יהיו מונחין במקומן, שלא יטה לצדדין. וכן צריך שיהיה הקשר של התפילין (של ראש) באמצע. It is permitted ...


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This is a good question, and really it's probably a better question than the answers out there. For context, we have to realize that this question (order of operations for donning Tzitzit and Tefillin) is a "modern" question which is a side effect of the modern practice of wearing a Tallit and Tefillin exclusively in Shul. In principle, these Mitzvot have ...


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R Jack Abramowitz at OU answers your question this way After adjusting the head strap, the person continues with “Baruch sheim k'vod malchuso l’olam vo’ed” (Blessed be the Name of He Whose glorious kingdom lasts forever) because there is some doubt as to the need for a second blessing on tefillin. This doubt also raises the question of whether or ...


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Not a problem in the slightest. Pleae ignore it and continue to serve God by wearing your Tefilin. If this hangup is preventing you from doing mitzvos in a positive manner, please consult a competent rabbi and/or mental health professional. Rambam, laws of Tefilin, Mezuzah, and Sefer Torah 4:13 וכל הטמאין, כולן חייבין בתפילין כטהורין The incontinent ...


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See https://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Putting_On_and_Removing_Tefillin The minhag is to put on Tefillin in the Synagogue after having said Birchot HaShachar and Birchot HaTorah but preferably before the Shema in Korbanot and at least before Parshat HaTamid. Kaf Hachaim 25,3-4 The minimum requirement is to have Tefillin on during Kriyat Shema and ...


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