HaShoneh Halachos emails include two halachos per day, seven days a week (emails for Shabbos and Yom Tov are sent in advance). Material is based upon the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with occasional elucidation from the Mishnah Brurah abd other sources. The text is not a direct translation but a paraphrase into easy-to-read, conversational English.

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57. Removing the Tefillin
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10:20 A person removes his tefillin while standing. He first unravels the strap from his hand. (The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says that he also unwraps two or three of the coils around his arm at this time, but Mishnah Brurah 28:5 seems to disagree with this.). He then removes the tefillin of the head, followed […]
56. Sanctity of the Tefillin
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10:18 An object may be elevated in terms of its sanctity but it may not be lowered. Since the tefillin of the head have a higher degree of sanctity than those of the arm (because it has four chambers, as well as the Hebrew letter shin embossed upon it), a strap once used for the […]
55. Paying Attention to the Tefillin
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10:16 The entire time one is wearing tefillin, he should not let his thoughts stray from them except while he is saying the Shemoneh Esrei and if he studies Torah while wearing his tefillin. (The Mishnah Brurah defines letting one’s thoughts stray as engaging in conversation while wearing tefillin – MB 44:3.) It is forbidden […]
54. The Black and White Sides of the Straps
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10:14 A person should be careful that his tefillin straps have their black sides facing out. If the strap around one’s head or arm gets turned white side out, he should fast or give charity. (We are speaking of the strap around the head and the first wrapping that holds the box to the arm, […]
53. Left-Handed and Ambidextrous People
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10:12 A left-handed person puts tefillin on his right arm, which is the weaker arm. If a person does all of his work with one hand but he writes with the other, the arm with which he writes is considered his strong arm and he puts the tefillin on the other one. An ambidextrous person […]
52. The Message of the Tefillin
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10:10 When putting on tefillin, one must think about how God commanded us to wear these boxes that contain four sections of the Torah that describe His Oneness and how He took us out from Egypt. The arm tefillin are placed adjacent to the heart and the head tefillin adjacent to the brain so that […]
51. Interruptions While Donning Tefillin
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10:8 One may not interrupt between putting on the hand tefillin and the head tefillin with talking. He may not even communicate by gesturing or winking. (Preferably, one should not even interrupt with a long, silent pause – Mishnah Brurah 25:29.) The Torah tells us (Exodus 13:9) that the tefillin are to serve as a […]
50. Positioning the Tefillin
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10:6 A chatzitzah is an interposition, i.e., a thing that comes between two other things. When one puts on his tefillin, there must be no chatzitzah in between the tefillin and his body. One’s hair is not normally a chatzitzah, though a big, puffy hairstyle might present such a problem. The law of a chatzitzah […]
49. The Order of Putting on Tefillin
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10:4 Tefillin are put on while standing. A person must reach into the bag and remove his tefillin; one may not shake the tefillin from their bag, as this is considered acting disrespectfully towards the mitzvah. The tefillin are first placed on the arm and the blessing l’haniach tefillin, that God commanded us to don […]
48. When and Where to Put on Tefillin
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10:2 The time to put on tefillin in the morning is when it becomes light enough to recognize an acquaintance from about six feet away. Tefillin are put on after the tallis. This is because tefillin are only worn on weekdays, while the tallis is also worn on Shabbos and yom tov. Since the tallis […]