Definition of tefillin in English:


Line breaks: te|fil¦lin
Pronunciation: /tiːˈfɪliːn


  • Collective term for Jewish phylacteries.
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    • 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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