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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.]
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(təˈfɪl ɪn; Heb. tə fiˈlin)

n.pl. Judaism.
the phylacteries.
[1605–15; < Hebrew təphillīn, akin to təphillāh prayer]
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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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(19) It should also be noted that this practice of wrapping around one's arm is similar to the Jewish practice of wrapping the tefilin, leather boxes containing passages from exodus and Deuteronomy, which are attached using long leather straps.
We had synagogue and prayers and tefilin, they had bagels and lox.
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.
(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.