Taking tefillin off with left hand.

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    sam4321
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    The halacha brought in the Mishna Brurah 28:6 says to take tefillin off with left hand or right if one is a itair to show it is hard for you to take it off. I always wondered, I am so used to using my left hand to take them off should I switch hands until I feel it is usual and then switch back and forth,or left hand is a heker in itself that is kasha?

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    2qwerty
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    For a righty the left hand is always considered weaker for Halachic purposes.

    #868227

    RABBAIM
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    Stick with the left. there are many many reasons. Ain Maavirirn al Hamitzvos can be done by removing with the left, not the right, The right would have to pass the shel yad on the way to the Rosh. The left hand does not have that issue!

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    Sam2
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    Rabbaim: What Ein Ma’avirin Al Hamitzvos applies to taking off Tefillin? And anyway, we don’t really say Ein Ma’avirin by Tefillin because we have a specific Drashah that whenever you’re wearing the Shel Rosh you need to also be wearing the Shel Yad.

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    sam4321
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    Rabbaim: There should be no inyun of ain mavirin when taking off teffilin like Sam2 said. My question was if one is so used taking there tefillin off with their left and it becomes easier than using their right hand should they switch?what are your other reasons?

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    bp27
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    In order to deal with sam4321’s issue, I propose the following:

    Let’s create a new minhag that we all switch several times a year. How about every time they change the clock? Just like we are supposed to change the batteries in our smoke detectors, we will all change which hand we use to take off tefillin.

    We can even make a mishaberach in shul the week before for all those that will participate, and then we can make a kiddush afterwards.

    The only question that I have is, will we say tachanun on “switching day”?

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    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    Don’t take them off until you’re about to fall asleep, as the original mitzvah was. Then you’re too tired to notice which hand you’re doing it with. Problem solved.

    #868232

    RABBAIM
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    Sam- Why do you say there is no ain maavirin? Are you aware that the Yerushalmy holds it is a Mitzvah to remove tfillin and they even used to make a Bracha upon removing it? If you use the right hand to reach up to the shel Rosh, you pass the shel yad on the left hand. If so, you should remove that one first. Isn’t that ain maavirin? If however you use the left then you avoid ain maavirin!

    Additionally, using the weaker hand demonstrates a reluctance to remove them.

    #868233

    Sam2
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    Rabbaim: Yes, I’m aware of that Shittah. No, we don’t hold like it. At all. There’s no Mitzvah in removing Tefillin. That Shittah only works if you wear Tefillin all day (and possibly only if you hold that Layla Lav Zman T’fillin, which we don’t).

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