Hebraic Studies - How to lay Tefillin
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Those who may not have laid Tefillin in the past, and now would like to do so, below are seven simple steps to guide you in fulfilling the Torah Mitzvot of the laying of the Tefillin. Usually prayers and blessings are said in Hebrew, however to make it simpler for those with little or no Hebrew, I have kept most of this guide in English, but all blessings are available in Hebrew or Transliterated and in English.
Please say the Hebrew (Transliterations) first followed by the English in order that you will understand what you are saying. Remember, when you feel like doing so, contact a Rabbi for further instructions. I have decided to keep this guide relatively short, but as you follow this guide, be assured that you will be fulfilling the Torah Mitzvot of Laying of the Tefillin. I pray that this guide will be both a blessing and of benefit to you! Blessed be HaShem (The LORD).
Before donning the Tallit say:
Bless HaShem, O my soul; HaShem my Elohim (G-d), for You are great; You have robed Yourself with majesty and splendour; covered in light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a curtain.
Hold the Tallit over your head and recite the Barucha (blessing):
Baruch Ata HaShem Eloheynu Melech HaOlam Asher Kidshanu Bemitzvatav Vetzivanu Lehitatef Batzizit.
Blessed are You, HaShem our Elohim, King of the Universe, who has Sanctified us by Your commandments, and have commanded us to enwrap ourselves in the fringed garment.
I have found that it is easiest to lay Tefillin
by standing at a table, so that you can set your Tefillin bag in
front of you. You are about to place the
Remove your watch and rings, then, roll up your sleeves.
Continue standing for the duration whilst the
It is proper to kiss the Tefillin before putting it on (this may be done by directly kissing it, or with the corner of your Tallith), as the Word of HaShem Elohim is sweet.
Recite the Barucha:
Baruch Atah HaShem Eloheynu Melech Ha Olam Asher Kidshanu Bemitzvotav Vetzivanu Lehaniach Tefillin.
Blessed are You, HaShem, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us by His commandments, and Who commands us to lay Tefillin.
Immediately, pull the loop so that it closes
tightly and locks the top of the
Take the strap in your right hand near to the
Again, It is proper to kiss the Tefillin before putting it on.
You will note that there are differences
Hold the strap of the
Baruch Atah HaShem Eloheynu Melech Ha-olam Asher Kidshanu Bemitzvotav Vetzivanu al Mitzvos Tefillin. Baruch Shem Kavot Malchuto leolam vaed.
Blessed are You, HaShem, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us by Your commandments, and Who commands us concerning Tefillin. Blessed be your Holy Name forever.
Immediately after completing this blessing -
with no interruption - lower the
The double knot that makes the straps into a
loop must be at the bottom of the nape of the neck: there is a
natural indentation there. The
Make sure (use your fingers or a small mirror, or both) that the blackened side of the strap faces outwards all around the head. Pull the two free ends of the strap over each shoulder and stretch them downward with a gentle tug, making sure that the blackened side is outward facing here as well.
Making a Sign on the hand. Unwind the strap that you wound round the palm of your hand as far as the wrist. We are now going to make a sign the Hebrew letters Shin, Dalet, and Yod, which make up the word Shaddai, Almighty. Hold your left hand stretched out palm downward. (If the strap around your arm has become loose, you did not wind it tightly enough: do it again!) Bring the strap from the wrist underneath the hand (across the down-facing palm) as far as the second finger from the thumb. Wind the strap round this finger three times - once beneath the lower joint and twice above it, crossing over each other above the joint forming an X shape.
Now bring the strap under the palm of the hand and wind it over the third finger from the thumb, across the back of the hand to the angle formed where the thumb joins the hand. We have already created the letters Dalet and Yod on the palm and the finger do not stop to check!
We are now going to create across the back of the hand the shape of the letter Shin, something like this: \|/. Bring the strap under the palm of the hand as far as where the back of the hand joins the wrist (on the side of the little finger) and then across the back of the hand to the angle formed where the thumb joins the hand.
Now bring the strap under the palm of the hand to the middle of the hand and over the centre of the back of the hand back to the angle formed where the thumb joins the hand. Check that you have now formed on the back of your hand the shape of the Hebrew letter Shin - something like this: \|/. If there is yet more strap left over wind it continuously and neatly along the central arm of the Shin until there is just enough left to tuck the end in firmly underneath, in the palm of the hand.
Recite the Barucha:
Le-olam. Veeyrastich li
I shall betroth you to Me for ever; I shall betroth you to Me in equity, in justice, in love and in tenderness; I shall betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know HaShem.
(Morning blessings and Torah readings)
Blessed are You HaShem, our Elohim, King of the Universe, Who fashioned man with wisdom and created within him many openings and many cavities. It is obvious and known before Your Throne of Glory that if but one of them be ruptured or blocked, it would be impossible to survive and stand before You. Blessed are You HaShem, Who heals all flesh and acts wondrously.
Blessed are You, HaShem, our Elohim, King of
the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and has
commanded us to engross ourselves with the words of Your Torah.
Please, HaShem our Elohim, sweeten the words of Your Torah in our
mouth and in the mouth of Your people, the family of
May HaShem bless you and safeguard you. May HaShem illuminate His countenance for you and be gracious to you. May HaShem turn his countenance to you and establish peace for you.
Blessed are You, HaShem our Elohim, King of the universe, Who removes sleep from my eyes and slumber from my eyelids. And may it be Your will, HaShem, our Elohim, and the Elohim of our forefathers, that You accustom us to study Your Torah and attach us to Your commandments. Do not bring us into the power of error, nor the power of transgression and sin, nor into the power of challenge, not into the power of scorn. Let not the evil inclination dominate us. Distance us from an evil person and an evil companion
Attach us to the Good Inclination and to good
deeds and compel our Evil Inclination to be subservient to You.
Grant us today and every day grace, kindness, and mercy in Your
eyes and in the eyes of all who see us, and bestow beneficent
kindnesses upon us. Blessed are You, HaShem, Who bestows
beneficent kindness upon His people
Therefore, we are obliged to thank you, praise You, glorify You, bless, sanctify, and offer praise and thanks to Your Name. We are fortunate, how good is our portion, how pleasant our lot, and how beautiful our heritage. We are fortunate for we come early and stay late, evening and morning, and proclaim twice each day:
Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that HaShem swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. Davarim (Deut) 11:13-21
HaShem, our Elohim, I pray that You will
continue to protect Your people
HaShem our Elohim, I believe with
complete faith in the coming of the Mashiach, even though he
tarries I believe with complete faith that he will come.
Hear O Israel, HaShem Our Elohim, HaShem is One - Blessed is the Name of His glorious Kingdom forever.
And you shall love HaShem your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your being. And these words that I command you this day, shall be on your heart, and you shall teach them meticulously to your children, and you shall speak of them in your house, and as you walk in your ways, and when you lie down, and when you wake. And you shall bind them for a sign on your arm, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the door-posts of your house, and on the gates. Davarim (Deut) 6:4-9.
If you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today, to love HaShem your Elohim and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will send rain upon your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then HaShem's anger will burn against you, and He will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land HaShem is giving you. Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up
The Tefillin are removed after prayers in the reverse order of placing them on. Firstly, undo the Sign on the hand, the strap around the middle finger is unwound and is rewound around the palm.
Next remove the
Then remove the
One of the reasons we should lay Tefillin is, that throughout the entire day, the Tefillin might have the effect that the mind and the emotions will be devoted to HaShem. Therefore, laying Tefillin is one of the great mitzvahs the Almighty has given us, and whilst reminding of His greatness, it brings a joy in our hearts!
Behold, days are coming, declares
Adonai HaShem, when I will send HUNGER into the land; NOT a
HUNGER for bread or a thirst for water, BUT (a hunger) to hear
the Words of HaShem.
Behold, days are coming, declares Adonai HaShem, when I will send HUNGER into the land; NOT a HUNGER for bread or a thirst for water, BUT (a hunger) to hear the Words of HaShem.Amos 8:11.
There will be some Rabbis who will say that
this is not a comprehensive service for the Tefillin and thus not
suitable. Well, let me say this, lets get started and grow
little by little. But please in due course go and consult with
your/a Rabbi, for when you have familiarised yourself with the
Tefillin and the blessings etc, you will feel more inclined
and be more comfortable to speak with him, for sadly some Rabbis
can be a little harsh, especially the Lubavitcher Rabbis who seem
to have invaded so many of our Synagogues. But, nevertheless, go
and learn and above all know what it is to be a Jew, who loves
the Almighty, the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak and
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Please Note: On many pages of this site, I will show the four letter blessed *Memorial Name of the Almighty in Ivrit - - Y-H-V-H, which we usually pronounce as Adonai or HaShem. At all times treat the most blessed Name with sanctity and when we even see the Name, we should say blessed be His Sanctified Name.
*This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations. Shemot - Exodus 3:15.
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