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Rabbeinu Tam’s Tefillin

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Rabbeinu Tam’s Tefillin: tefillin in which the written passages are arranged in the order prescribed by Rabbeinu [Yaakov ben Meir] Tam (c. 1100-1171); these tefillin are put on by chassidim and others at the end of the prayers, after Rashi’s tefillin have been removed
The varying traditions of Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam
Question: I've noticed that my Chabad rabbi dons two sets of tefillin—one during the morning prayers, and one that he puts on for a few moments right after the prayers. What is the reason for the second pair? Answer: Indeed, many Jews – not only Chabad – ...
Rabbi Leibel Schapiro is Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva Gedolah of Miami. He recalls some of the Rebbe’s special instructions to him when he first started to don Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin (in 1965).
Archeology and Halacha
Rabbi and archeologist, Yonatan Adler, tackles a medieval rabbinic debate about the proper arrangement of the parchments within tefillin by comparing these opinions to actual 2,000-year-old phylacteries found in Qumran.
According to the Arizal, donning Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin is a law, not a custom. The question of “custom” is only whether to don them after Rashi Tefillin or at the same time, but the Arizal holds that all Jewish men are obligated to don both pairs.
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Examining questions raised by opponents to Chassidism
Topics include: when kabbalistic authorities disagree with halachic authorities,the issue of wearing tefillin on Chol Hamoed, Rabeinu Tam’s tefillin, shape of the tallis, wearing a gartel and hat for prayer.
1. There Are Two Separate Commandments A set of tefillin comprises two black leather boxes each containing scrolls of parchment. The two boxes—one for the head and one for the arm—are two separate mitzvot. If only one of the two is available, it should be...
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