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  • Chabad of Islip encourages that the Tefillin you purchase to be of a quality that will be both beautiful and durable, for this reason we are offering the set we can stand by at $550.

    If you would like a cheaper pair for $300, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss. Please read full info about Tefillin below.

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  • What are  tefillin , and why should I buy them?

    Tefillin  are a pair of black leather boxes containing Hebrew parchment scrolls. A set includes two  tefillin -  one for the head and one for the arm. Each consists of three main components: the scrolls, the box and the strap. The Torah  commands Jewish men to bind the  tefillin  onto the head and upper arm every weekday, in fulfillment of the verse, "You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes" ( Deut. 6:8) .

    Tefillin  is one of the most potent mitzvahs  in the Torah. We bind the  tefillin  on the head and on the arm, close to the heart, as a reminder that we must harness our intellect, emotions and actions to the service of G‑d . Buying a pair allows you to fulfill this important mitzvah  yourself each day.

    Although all  tefillin  consist of the same basic components, the price of a pair can vary dramatically based on subtle distinctions in quality. Purchasing a first pair of  tefillin  can be a confusing experience. This guide will explain the different types of  tefillin , and help you choose a pair that is right for you.

    For more on  tefillin , read  tefillin 101 . To learn how to put on  tefillin  check out our comprehensive  tefillin Guide .

    The different types of  tefillin

    Although all  tefillin  look very similar to the untrained eye, there are actually several different types.  Tefillin  boxes are molded from leather, and the verses inside the boxes are handwritten on parchment by a specially trained scribe. The different types of  tefillin  are classified based on the quality of these components.

    Tefillin  are divided into three categories based on the quality of the leather boxes:

    1. Tefillin  crafted from two separate pieces of leather are known as  tefillin peshutim , the simplest  tefillin .
    2. Tefillin  made from one very thin piece of leather are called  tefillin dakkot , thin  tefillin .
    3. Tefillin  formed from one very thick piece of leather are called  tefillin gassot , thick  tefillin . These are the most durable (and expensive) kind.

    Each of these three types can be purchased in various sizes. According to tradition, the greatest sages wore large  tefillin  (40mm × 40mm), and it is considered praiseworthy to follow their example.


    Tefillin  prices range between $300 and $1,000, depending on quality. While that may seem steep, remember that a lot of skill and effort goes into making a pair of  tefillin , and that the raw materials are not cheap. If you find  tefillin  for below $250, be wary; they are very likely not authentic.

    Which pair is right for me?

    Looking at all the categories of  tefillin , and considering their price differences, it can be hard to know which pair is right for you.  Tefillin peshutim  may be the cheapest, but they are also the lowest quality. And while  tefillin gassot  are most expensive, they are extremely durable and much easier to repair.

    Ideally, we try to fulfill mitzvahs in the most beautiful manner we can. With your budget in mind, consider buying the highest quality  tefillin  that you can afford. Of course, you fulfill the mitzvah of  tefillin  with even the most basic pair, provided they are kosher  according to Jewish law.

    Where should I buy my  tefillin ?

    Once you’ve figured out which pair is right for you, you’ll need to find a reliable source from which to purchase them. Chabad of Islip is happy to help with that.

    Before you check out

    Before you take home your  tefillin , make sure you discuss this with the seller:

    1. Are you left- or right-handed? It is important to know this, because the box of the arm- tefillin  is placed on the less dominant arm. This will affect where the knot will be tied in the strap.

    How to care for your  tefillin

    Once you’ve purchased your  tefillin , it is important to continue to care for them. Changes in temperature or weather can cause the ink on the parchment to crack or fade, and over time the leather of the boxes and straps can become misshapen or damaged. To prevent most damage to the boxes and straps, be careful to avoid hard knocks, and try not to rub the leather unnecessarily. Outer covers made from plastic or wood are available to protect the boxes when not in use. Make sure that the covers fit the boxes, otherwise they may do more harm than good.

    To avoid discoloration, minimize your  tefillin ’s exposure to moisture. Store  tefillin  at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. Never leave them in your car for long periods of time.

    All  tefillin , no matter the quality or the amount of use, should be checked at least twice every seven years by a qualified scribe to make sure that the parchments are still kosher. Lower-quality  tefillin , or  tefillin  that do not see daily use, may need to be checked more often. Of course, if your  tefillin  fall or hit something, you should have them checked by a qualified scribe immediately.

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