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Tefillin Q & A

Why Are Tefillin From Animal Hide?
Here are two explanations that the mystics give as to why tefillin needs to be made of leather.
Why the (Four-Headed) Shin on Tefillin?
Although the ultimate reasons behind these laws aren’t necessarily knowable, commentaries offer a number of possible explanations for both the regular and the four-headed shin.
Why No Tefillin at Night or on Shabbat?
Tefillin are worn daily by Jewish men and boys aged 13 and older, except for on Shabbat and Torah holidays.
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How much do you know about this incredibly powerful mitzvah? Take this quiz to find out!
Why Are Tefillin Square?
The Talmud gives no actual reason but the Kabbalah provides clues.
Why Do Some Wear Two Pairs of Tefillin?
The varying traditions of Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam
Do I Put on Tefillin During Chol Hamoed?
There is a longstanding difference of opinion between halachic authorities whether Chol Hamoed is considered a "sign" of our connection to G-d .
There is no single way to put away your tefillin. However, Jewish law and custom does provide some guidance.
Why Are Tefillin Black?
I always wondered why tefillin need to be black. Why not just natural leather, or at least something light and cheerful?
Why Wrap the Tefillin Straps 7 Times?
Many reasons for a most basic custom
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