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 (tə-fĭl′ĭn, -fē-lēn′)
pl.n. Judaism
The phylacteries.

[Mishnaic Hebrew təpillîn, pl. of təpillâ, prayer, from Hebrew hitpallēl, to pray; see pll in Semitic roots.]


(təˈfɪl ɪn; Heb. tə fiˈlin)

n.pl. Judaism.
the phylacteries.
[1605–15; < Hebrew təphillīn, akin to təphillāh prayer]


Small black boxes containing scriptures and worn on the forehead and left arm.
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Noun1.tefillin - (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin)tefillin - (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
reminder - a message that helps you remember something; "he ignored his wife's reminders"
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Around 40 people were inside the "tank" at the time, but they managed to escape the burning vehicle unscathed - incredibly sets of tefilin (phylacteries) and talitot (prayer shawls) in the vehicle also were found whole in the burnt out vehicle after the fire.
But many of the women, Conservative and Reform Jews, routinely do read from the Torah as part of their prayer services and also regularly don ritual objects such as tallit and tefilin (phylacteries).
In his review of Rabbi Aharon Feldman's The Eye of the Storm, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein was hardly championing women wearing tefilin (phylacteries) when he wrote the following:
Los judios han reclamado la observancia de su Pascua, la dieta kosher, el acceso y uso del talit y de los tefilin, la tenencia de sus libros religiosos como la Tora y el Sidur.
All of them wear kippot (skull caps), tefilin (phylacteries), and prayer shawls.
It's been crammed into mezuzot and tefilin, andapart from Tzvika Pik's 1972 uptempo version (shunned by many for being too poppy for prayer)it has, to Ashkenazic Jews, only one melody.
63) We've obtained photos of Nariman House's new Torah Ark, of memorial services at Chabad House, and of students wrapping Tefilin, Jewish prayer phylacteries enclosing parchments with portions of Exodus and Deuteronomy.
They ordered him to lay tefilin, and in the end they covered him with gasoline and threw him into the burning synagogue of Plotzk.
As with Hebrew and Jewishness, so is it not only for sacerdotal categories such as ritual purity, tefilin, mezuzot, and even Torah scrolls, but for the whole system of halakhah.
Rabbi Barkan also dons his tallit (prayer shawl) and tefilin (the leather straps that hold the box containing a Hebrew prayer to the forehead) and chants a prayer in Hebrew--while a blue-robed statue of Mary stands watch over the class from a corner.
16) "Hijo del precepto, sujeto al precepto; nombre que se da al varon judio de 13 anos y por extension a la ceremonia en que alcanza la mayoria de edad religiosa, tras la cual se le considera responsable de sus acciones y esta obligado a cumplir los preceptos en general y el de ponerse los tefilin [par de pequenos estuches cubicos de cuero que contienen cuatro pasajes alusivos de la Tora] en particular" (Castello Romero, Elena y Uriel Macias Kapon, Los judios de Europa.
Dani Tefilin, the 30-year-old salesman identified as the main defendant and originally sentenced to 13 years, had his sentence reduced to 9 years.