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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 kiss the tefillin by "poseach es yadecha"?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do Lubavitchers put on tefillin of Rabbeinu Tam from bar mitzva?

The traditional practice in Chabad was to only start putting on Rabbeinu Tam Teffilin with permission from the Rebbe* (basically establishing that they had achieved this requisite level of piety), and ...
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How to adjust the knot on tefillin shel rosh? (double daled)

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 ...
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Mirror for Teffilin

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 ...
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Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?

The fact that a biblical exegesis - Drasha, is needed to exempt the obligation to wear teffilin on Yom Tov and Shabbos, implies that when it is not either shabbos or Yom tov, there is an obligation to ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Why do we wrap tefillin around the forearm and hand?

Menahot (35b) records that the tefillin strap of the shel yad must be long enough to reach the finger. Rambam specifies in a responsum (159) that the mitzvah is affixing it to the bicep, while further ...
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Saying kadesh and vehaya ki yaviyacha when donning on the tefllin

Bach - Tur Orach Chaim 38 - 6 says that he saw a Maaseh Rav from a Rav Weiss Z'L who would say these 2 Parshios while he was wearing Tefilin. This would indicate to me that it is only a Minhag and not ...
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Instances where women wore tefillin

See this article for a more comprehensive discussion. Here are some sourced examples of women who donned tefillin: The gemara in Eruvin Daf 96 states that Queen Michal (wife of King David) wore ...
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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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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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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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How do we know that Elisha baal kenafayim had a clean body?

Tosfos answer, because a miracle occurred for the sake of his wearing tefillin. Only if he were wearing tefillin properly, i.e. with a clean body, would he merit such a miracle.
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Tefillin and Knots

Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 27 Seif 2 Mishna Berurah seif katan 10
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