Definition of tefillin in English:


plural noun

  • Collective term for Jewish phylacteries.

    • ‘While the Torah mentions tefillin, but gives no details, everyone throughout history has had the same black boxes, leather straps and identical parchments inside.’
    • ‘Boys aren't allowed to wear tefillin until after their bar mitzvah; women can choose to wear them but rarely do.’
    • ‘We study with our eyes, mouth, and brain, eat matzah with our mouths, listen to the shofar with our ears, and wear the tefillin on the arm and head.’
    • ‘Still, one may never make use of a printed Torah, tefillin, or mezuzah for sacred purpose.’
    • ‘The first cut is done at the front of the head, at the spot where the boy will later place his tefillin upon becoming Bar Mitzvah.’


From Aramaic těpillīn prayers.