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Tefila, pl. tefilin (tih-fee-lah,tih-fee-leen) — Two leather boxes containing handwritten parchments of paragraphs from the Torah, affixed to men's arms and forehead by leather straps. Tefilin are worn by Jewish males 13 years old and above during the weekday morning prayer service (and during the afternoon service of Tish'a b'Av instead of that morning)
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Tefilin: Storing
Tefilin: Storing: How To Put Away
Put tefilin into its bag so that the knot on the arm tefila (...
Tefilin: Replacing
Tefilin: Replacing: Tefilin You Had To Take Off or That Fell Off
If you take off your tefilin because you have to, such as to go to the...
When To Pray: Shacharit: What Time To Begin
Shacharit: Earliest Time for Blessings over Tefilin and Tzitzit
Earliest time to say blessings over tefilin and tzitzit/talit is...
Shiv'a: Tefilin on First Day
Tefilin: First Day of Shiv'a
Mourners do not wear tefilin on the first day (the day of burial), but...
Tefilin: Mitzva
Tefilin: Torah Mitzva
Have in mind that you are doing a mitzva  of the Torah while...
Tefilin: How To Put On
Arm Tefila: How To Finish
Unwrap the excess strap from your palm and wrap it three times...
Tefilin: How To Put On
Tefilin: Broken Arm
Even with a broken arm, do not switch the arm on which you wrap your...
Tefilin: How To Put On
Tefilin: Left-Handed Men
Left-handed men must put tefilin on their right arm.
Tefilin: Fallen
Tefilin: Fallen: Fast
If tefilin without their covers on fall onto the ground, the custom is...
Tefilin: Removing
Tefilin: Removing: Earliest Time
The earliest time to remove tefilin on normal weekdays is after saying...
Tefilin: Care
Where Tefilin Must Be Black
Tefilin must be black as follows: Tefilin must be black...
Tefilin: Checking
Tefilin: Checking: When
It is customary to check tefilin twice in each seven year...
Tefilin: Kissing
Tefilin: Kissing
Kissing tefilin is not halacha but rather a custom to show our love...
Tefilin: When To Touch
Tefilin: When To Touch: Shacharit
When praying on weekday mornings, touch and “kiss” the...
Tefilin: Activities While Wearing
Tefilin: Activities While Wearing: Distractions
You may not do any activities while wearing tefilin that would...
Tefilin: Activities While Wearing
Tefilin: Activities While Wearing: Eating
You may eat a snack while wearing tefilin , but you may not eat a full...
Tefilin: Holiness: Tefilin Straps
When Tefilin Straps Become Holy
The straps on tefilin become holy objects once they have been used....
Tefilin: Holiness: Tefilin Boxes
Tefilin: Holiness: Head and Arm Tefilin Boxes
The box for holding the head tefila ( tefila shel rosh ) has a...
Tefilin: Holiness: Tefilin Boxes
Tefilin: Holiness: Switching Boxes by Mistake
If you inadvertently put the arm tefila ( tefila shel yad) into...
Tefilin: Adjusting
Tefilin: Adjusting: Saying Blessing
If you adjust your tefilin , do not say the blessing again.
Tefilin: Replacing
Tefilin: Replacing: Tefilin You Took Off by Choice
If you take off your tefilin without being required to do so and with...
Tefilin: Rosh Chodesh
Tefilin: Removing before Rosh Chodesh Musaf
Remove tefilin before musaf on Rosh Chodesh.
Tefilin: Chol HaMoed
Tefilin: Chol HaMoed: Blessing
If you wear tefilin on chol ha’moed (German and Lithuanian...
Tefilin: Chol HaMoed
Tefilin: Chol HaMoed: In Eretz Yisrael
If you move to Eretz Yisrael  (where no one wears tefilin...
Tefilin: Chol HaMoed
Tefilin: Chol HaMoed: Remove before Hallel
Remove tefilin before hallel on chol ha’moed....
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Tefilin
Tish’a b’Av is similar to the day of burial of a person...
Tefilin: How To Put On
Arm Tefila: How To Put On
Place arm tefila box ( bayit ) on center of bicep of...
Tefilin: How To Put On
Head Tefila: How To Put On
Place the tefila on your head tightly enough so it does not...
Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers
Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers
Here is a typical order of waking/morning prayers for weekdays (many...
Introduction to What Is Halacha
Introduction to What Is Halacha
“ Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
Precedence of Mitzvot
A frequently performed commandment generally takes precedence over a...
Preparation for Doing Mitzvot
Intention/Kavana
Mitzvot  that are from the  Torah  ( tzitzit , ...
When To Pray: Shacharit: What Time To Begin
Introduction: Shacharit: When To Begin
B’di’avad , you can say shema and amida as early as 72...
When To Pray: Shacharit: What Time To Begin
Very Early Shacharit: How To Begin
If you must say shacharit very early:      1....
Shema: What To Wear
What To Wear for Shema in Shacharit
Men should wear a talit katan (for married men, also wear...
Wasting People's Time (Tircha Tzibur)
Wasting People's Time (Tircha d'tzibura)
You may not waste people’s time or upset them ( tircha...
SheHecheyanu: Acquisitions: Which Items
Items on Which Men Say SheHecheyanu
Men say s he’hecheyanu on a new talit. Do not say s...
PRECEDENCE: RIGHT SIDE
When Right Side Takes Precedence
In general, the right side is given priority in our actions. This...
Introduction to Holy Written Objects
Introduction to Holy Written Objects
By surrounding ourselves with reminders of the commandments and with...
SIDDUR GUIDE: How To Pray in Synagogue
Introduction to How To Pray in Synagogue
The synagogue ( shul ) prayer service may confuse the unfamiliar....
Mezuza: Kissing
Mezuza: Kissing: Custom
Kissing a mezuza (and tefilin) is not halacha but rather a custom...
Chol HaMoed: Expert Work
Chol HaMoed: No Expert Work
You may not do “expert” or “professional” work...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Replying
Replying during Your Private Amida
If you have finished the amida’s yihiyu l’ratzon (but...
Sheimot: How To Dispose of
Sheimot: Disposal
These holy writings ( tashmishei kedusha ) may not be thrown directly...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Exemptions
Women: Exemption from Time-Dependent Positive Commandments
Women and girls are generally exempt from time-dependent positive...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Obligations
Women: Time-Based Positive Mitzva Obligations
Although women and girls are generally exempt from time-dependent...

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