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Tefillin are mentioned over 500 times in the Talmud, in groundlaying deliberations of laws and lore. We present here some of the salient discussions, translated and annotated for accessible study

The Talmud on Tefillin

The Talmud on Tefillin

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Tefillin are mentioned over 500 times in the Talmud, in groundlaying deliberations of laws and lore. We present here some of the salient discussions, translated and annotated for accessible study.

The rabbis discuss G-d's wearing of tefillin
The order of the parshiot in the head tefillin
The wording of the blessings for tefillin and the required frequency of reciting them
Where the tefillin are placed on the body
The type of hides that may be used for the parchment
The importance of wearing tefillin for the recitation of Shema
Elisha's sacrifice for wearing tefillin and the miracle that saved him
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