Tefillin & Tefillin Sets
In Judaism, one who comes of age begins wearing Tefillin. We perform this commandment by placing black boxes and straps on our arms and on our heads. In the past, Tefillin were worn all day. Today, Tefillin are worn during prayers services in the synagogue, similar to Tallit Prayer Shawls
Tefillin consist of leather boxes with straps. The boxes are black, as are the straps. Depending on whether it is Tefillin for the head or arm, there will either be four pieces of parchment in the box or just one large piece of parchment. The arm Tefillin has one large piece of parchment inside the box. Attached to the box is a long black strap with a knot on one of the sides and the placement of the loop will be based on whether the wearer is left or right-handed. The head Tefillin have four very obvious compartments on them and like arm Tefillin, there is a leather strap that goes through the box. The difference here is that the knot is at the end of a loop which secures the Tefillin to the head. This knot is usually in the shape of a Daled or a box. The parchment has sections of the Torah written on it.
There are differing opinions as to the order of the text written on the parchment and this reflects the main options when purchasing Tefillin. The two opinions are that of Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam.
We at World of Judaica invite you to browse our gallery of authentic leather Tefillin. If you would like to learn more about Tefillin and their significance in Judaism, visit our education center. If you have any questions regarding the status of the parchment, Contact Us and we will be happy to address your concerns.