Category Archives: Tefillin Facts

Wearing Watch While Wearing Tefillin

  Is it permitted to wear a watch on the wrist while you are wearing tefillin? According to the basic halachah it is permitted, however it is a very positive thing to remove items such as watches. Reb Avraham Tzvi … Continue reading

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Asking a Child

Sometimes we are not sure if a letter is kosher. Since we know what it is supposed to be we cannot rely on our own judgment. In cases like this sometimes the halacha dictates that we ask a child who … Continue reading

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What in the world are 'phylacteries"?

I have always wondered why tefillin are referred to as ‘phylateries’. I found the answer on aish.com. Tefillin are sometimes referred to as phylacteries. This stems from the ancient Greek phylakterion, which means a safeguard. Apparently, the Greeks misunderstood the … Continue reading

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The Essence of Tefillin

Reb Yonason Eivshitez refers to tefillin as חותמא דמלקא קדישה, the ‘seal of the the holy king’. When you are getting ready to own a new set of tefillin, keep this description in mind. Tell me, who wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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Should Tefillin Cost More than a New Suit?

I was learning a piece from Reb Yonason Eibshitz this morning that confirmed a thought that I had about the price of tefillin. He writes about how much money people would spend for a hat (even back then), how the hat … Continue reading

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