Class notes on tefillin and mezuzot can be downloaded or viewed below:
Tefillin and Mezuzot: Parsha Va’etchanan By OneShul.org
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Kavanah: to learn the what, why, where, who, when, how and how much of mezuzot and tefillin without going overboard. Too much information is often confusing and prevents people from doing the mitzvoth.
Deut. 6:4‐9: Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; 7 and thou
shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall
be for frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-‐posts of thy house, and upon thy gates
Tefillin go on the weaker arm and between the eyes at the hairline. Mezuzot go on archways into rooms where people reside, generally considered anywhere that people eat/sleep.
Tefillin: anyone bar mitzvah age or above. Some dispute about men and/or women.
Mezuzot: any Jew residing in a place for more than one month When?
See instructional videos on PunkTorah.org, OneShul.org and on YouTube. From a Chabad rabbi: “there are a million right ways to lay tefillin and a million wrong ways. This is one way.” Two blessings for Ashkenazi, one for Sephardi.
Hand: Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu l’hani’ach t’filin. Head: Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu al mitzvat t’filin. Baruch shem k’vod malchuto l’olam va’ed. Shema and Amidah.
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu likboa mezuzah
Tefillin: Sunday – Friday Morning before “afternoon”. Most common during Shacharit services.
Mezuzot: One blessing covers the whole process of mezuzot in the home. This is actually similar to shechita (ritual slaughter)
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