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How to buy Tefillin – Basic Judaism

How much should you spend?

Spend as much as you can afford.  I once had a man come into the store and tell me he wanted to buy Tefillin and didn’t want to spend more than $50.

I asked him would he buy a car for $50 and drive it from Denver to New York? he replied, “No”. I asked, “Why”

He replied, “Because the car isn’t reliable…”

Now, if $50 is all you can afford and you have to make the trip then probably the $50 is worth it… however, if car isn’t reliable and you wouldn’t drive it on a trip from Denver to New York, then how much more should you take care of your life in this world and your eternal soul?

Price might be one factor on what you buy however, also consider if the Tefillin fits you.  Is it comfortable to wear?  Consider buying the best straps you can afford.

The tefillin on our arms is near the heart to control the lusts and thoughts of our hearts and redirect them towards performing the Service we are commanded to perform for God, Whose Name is blessed. The tefillin on our heads is near the brain, so that the spiritual elements in our brains, as well as our senses and all our abilities, should all be controlled and redirected towards performing the Service we are commanded to perform for God, Whose Name is blessed. May the performance of the Mitzvah of tefillin influence me and bestow upon me long life.

  • Tefillin comes in three grades: Gasot – Dakot – Mehudar Gasot are highly recommended.
  • The scroll – Rashi Script
     
  • Box Size
     
  • The Straps Retzuot – Or Tachton Retzuot – Or Elyon

    Retzuot – Avodat Yad

  • Tefillin Quality
  • Are you Right or Left Handed?

The four place this is mentioned is

Deut. 11:13-21

Exodus 13:1-10

and Exodus 13:11-16

Each of these places is a separate chapter in the Torah