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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 […]
47. Tefillin
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9:21 If a person wears a garment that requires tzitzis but lacks them, then he fails to fulfill an obligation of the Torah. We must therefore be aware of garments that have four square corners, such as ponchos or serapes. On occasion, a corner may need to be cut off in order to remove the […]
46. Disposing of Tzitzis Strings
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9:19 Tzitzis that break or that are removed from their garment should not just be thrown in the trash since doing so would be disrespectful to the mitzvah. Some people use old tzitzis strings as a bookmark in sefarim; since they were once used for a mitzvah, it’s appropriate to use them to assist in […]
45. Changing the Strings
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9:17 The opinion of some authorities is that the corner where the tzitzis strings are to be inserted, that is, from one to three thumb-widths from the garment’s edge, may not include any seam of threads that are suitable to make tzitzis for the selfsame garment. For example, if the tallis is made of flax, […]