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401. Are Head and Arm Tefillin Fungible?
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 3:17 Head tefillin may not be turned into arm tefillin but arm tefillin may be turned into head tefillin, which is of a greater degree of sanctity. Similarly, the straps from head tefillin may not be used for arm tefillin. This only applies once the tefillin have been worn; if head […]
400. Who May Make the Boxes
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 3:15 The leather used for the tefillin boxes and straps must be made from a kosher species of animal or bird, even if they died without ritual slaughter or were torn by a predator. Tefillin made of leather from a non-kosher species or covered in gold are invalid. The leather for […]
399. The Color of the Straps
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 3:13 One passes the straps through the handles of the tefillin, leaving enough room for his head, then ties a square knot that resembles the Hebrew letter daled. Every Torah scholar should learn how to tie this knot, which cannot be described in writing. It must be seen to be understood. […]
398. The Tefillin Straps
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 3:11 The grooves between the compartments of head tefillin should reach the stitching but if they don’t, the tefillin are still valid so long as the grooves are recognizable and four compartments are apparent. If the grooves are not recognizable, the tefillin are invalid. A thread or cord must be passed […]