Sefer HaMitzvot

Positive #8 and #9 - To Wear Tefillin on One's Arm and Head

December 08, 2021 Adam Sabzevari Season 1 Episode 8
Sefer HaMitzvot
Positive #8 and #9 - To Wear Tefillin on One's Arm and Head
Show Notes

In this episode, we learn two positive mitzvot. 

  • Mitzvah #8 is to wear tefillin on one's arm. 
  • Mitzvah #9 is to wear tefillin on one's head.

These are two distinct mitzvot, but given their similar nature, they are grouped together in this episode.

We discussed three topics related to the tefillin:

  1. Placement of the Tefillin
    • Tefillin of the arm should be placed on the bicep of the non-dominant arm
    • Tefillin of the head should be line up between one's eyes, placed above the hairline
  2. Contents of the Tefillin
    • Four passages or paragraphs of the Torah are written on scrolls, placed within the tefillin. These passages all quote the mitzvah of wearing tefillin.
    • For the head, they are placed in four separate compartments
    • For the arm,  they are placed within a single compartment
  3. How to Conduct Oneself While Wearing Tefillin
    • One's thoughts should be pure and one's body should be clean