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Tefillin Chol HaMoed Hefsek

The Mishnah Berurah there explicitly addresses your question. In s.k. 28 he writes: ואפילו לאותן המניחין תפילין בחוה"מ בלי ברכה או המניחין תפלין דר"ת אחר שחלץ תפלין דרש"י או שחלץ תפלין ...
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Why are Tefilin never mentioned anywhere in Nach?

There are two assertions that were made here that need to be assessed: Tefillin, for being a quite fundamental part of Judaism, and which were [1] apparently worn all day long in Ancient Israel, are ...
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Why do we don a tallit before laying tefillin?

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 ...
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Rav Galinsky grabbing his tefillin on Shabbos

Under the circumstances he was in even if tefillin are muktzah he was allowed to touch them. According to many (not all) Poskim, Tefillin are muktza. The reason is because one may not wear Tefillin ...
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Tefillin shel rosh first?

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 ...
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Cylindrical Tefillin

The Talmud (Menachot 35a) says: תנא: תפילין מרובעות - הלכה למשה מסיני. אמר רב פפא: בתפרן ובאלכסונן. לימא מסייע ליה: העושה תפילתו עגולה - סכנה ואין בה מצוה; אמר רב פפא: מתני' דעבידא כי אמגוזא.‏ ...
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I bought a pair of tefillin -- help me understand the accompanying certificate?

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 ...
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Wearing tefillin during mincha, would someone get a mitzvah for it?

The Shulchan Arukh (OC 37:2, echoing the Tur ibid.) writes: מצותן להיות עליו כל היום אבל מפני שצריכים גוף נקי שלא יפיח בהם ושלא יסיח דעתו מהם ואין כל אדם יכול ליזהר בהם נהגו שלא להניחם כל היום ומכל ...
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

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 ...
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Answering Amen on Tefilin

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 ...
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Thickening letters for tefillin and mezuzos

This is a known technique. It's generally considered invalid and called פנים חדשות. See Lishkat HaSofer 9:6: ונ"ל פשוט דאם לאחר שהעבה איזה אות מצד זה גרדו מצד השני ולא נשאר רק הכתב החדש הוי שלא ...
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Source for removing tefillin straps from your hands for hagbah

In 1967, R. Efraim Greenblatt published an extensive article on the laws of Gelilah in the journal Noam (vol 10). He writes there as follows: נוהגין בעת שגוללין מוריד הגולל את רצועות התפילין ...
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Tephilin during krias hatorah on the third day of Pesach

This seems to start with an idea brought by the Chok Ya'akov, although he doesn't quite describe the current practice which you mention. He writes (in 490:2) that the prevalent custom (in his day and ...
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Why are tefillin worn on the head and not between the eyes?

This is a classic question. I'm quite surprised we didn't have a question like this already on this site. I will do my best to explain. First of all, let's examine the actual passuk: :...
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borrowed my Teffilin, fell asleep, nocturnal emission

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 ...
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At Shacharit at exactly which point does one have to put Teffilin on and off?

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 ...
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Can tefillin be "switched"?

This is discussed in the Talmud (Menachot 34b). Turns out the issue isn't the number of pieces of Klaf at all. Even one piece for the head and 4 pieces for the arm is valid. The issue is the number of ...
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Which Tefillin should one wear if only one is available?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked this question in Daas Noteh Hilchos Teffilin page 117. He answers that shel Rosh is preferable, but adds a tzorech iyun kitzas since the Mishna Brurah does not choose ...
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Do tefillin straps have to be animal skin

The straps must be made of skins of a kosher animal (OC 33:3, cf. Shabbat 28b). Pri Megadim is unsure if this requirement is biblical (like by the other components of tefillin) or only rabbinic.
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What is a "fishtran" fish?

According to Uriel Weinreich, ‎Yivo Institute for Jewish Research - 1968 Yiddish English dictionary פִישְׁטְרָאן is cod liver oil. Per Wikipedia cod liver oil is derived from liver of cod fish ...
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Where is the midrash of "300 days of Tefillin?"

The Beis Yosef attributes this to the Orchos Chayim in Orach Chayim 32 (2/3 down here) without mentioning a midrash. כתב בארחות חיים: לפיכך עושין שי"ן יותר משאר אותיות, כדי לרמוז הימים שאדם מניחם ...
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Forgot to say the brocho on teffilin can I say it now?

Rambam rules (Blessings 11:5) if one forgot to recite a brocho upon doing a mitzvah then if its performance is not yet completed a blessing is then recited. For an example he offers a case when one ...
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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

The Mishnah Berura in 27:6 when discussing one who doesn’t have a right hand, and therefore can’t physically put on his tefillin on his left hand, says that someone else can put it on for him: אבל אם ...
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Why not recite a beracha when taking off tefillin

Since the Shulchan Aruch 29:1 writes that we do not make such a bracha. The Mishna Berura (1) explains that in Eretz Yisrael(Yerushalmi) they held that one must remove their teffilin before nightfall ...
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Source of custom of putting on head tefillin before completely winding yad tefillin?

If I understand what you mean, it's written explicitly in the Shulchan Aruch (OC 25, 11): אחר שקשר של יד על הזרוע יניח של ראש קודם שיכרוך הרצועה סביב הזרוע After the tying [of the first main knot]...
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Why are there 64 permutations of the arrangements of tefillin scrolls?

A source for this is in הלכות הגר"א ומנהגיו. מצאתי כתוב פעם אחת שאל הגאון רבי חיים מוולזין זצ"ל לרבינו למה אינו מניח תפילין דרבינו תם, והשיב למה מניח הוא, שהבין משאלתו שמניחם, א"ל כדי לצאת ספק ב' ...
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Why do some people split the third and fourth wrap on their arm when wrapping tefillin?

I didn't mean to post a question and then answer it myself, but in my searches on Chabad.org I found this question and answer page which discusses why there is a custom to leave space between the ...
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Why would there be a piece of retzuah in the compartment of the tefillin shel yad?

It is filler material to prevent the parchment from turning or slipping down and it is not a good idea. R Yerachmiel Askotzky in his book Tefillin and Mezuzos writes (p. 89) According to some poskim, ...
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Answering Amen on Tefilin

The Kitzur Orach Chayim 10:4 says that due to this uncertainty (see Orach Chayim 25:5) one should say this blessing in an undertone: וּמִפְּנֵי שֶׁיֵּשׁ סָפֵק בִּבְרָכָה זֹאת, לָכֵן יֵשׁ גַּם כֵּן ...
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