Collective term for Jewish phylacteries.
- Still, one may never make use of a printed Torah, tefillin, or mezuzah for sacred purpose.
- The first cut is done at the front of the head, at the spot where the boy will later place his tefillin upon becoming Bar Mitzvah.
- While the Torah mentions tefillin, but gives no details, everyone throughout history has had the same black boxes, leather straps and identical parchments inside.
From Aramaic těpillīn 'prayers'.
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