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When are תפילין worn? Let's start with the sources: This first source is from the משנה תורה הלכות תפילין פרק ד.כו. Before we go any farther let's unpack this citation. Work with a friend to decode it. You'll be able to check your answers against other students after completing the form.

Here's the citation to unpack. Click on the button below to unpack it.

משנה תורה הלכות תפילין פרק ד.כו
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Now that we've unpacked the citation, let's look at the text. Your job here is to read a selection from the Mishneh Torah out loud in Hebrew with proficiency. You can listen to me (or other students) read the text and then add your reading to the Voicethread below.

אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁמִּצְוָתָן לְלָבְשָׁן כָּל הַיּוֹם, בְּשָׁעַת תְּפִלָּה יָתֵר מִן הַכֹּל אָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים, כָּל הַקּוֹרֶא קִרְיַת שְׁמַע בְּלֹא תְּפִלִּין, כְּאִלּוּ מֵעִיד עֵדוּת שֶׁקֶר בְּעַצְמוֹ; וְכָל שְׁאֵינוּ מַנִּיחַ תְּפִלִּין, עוֹבֵר בִּשְׁמוֹנֶה עֲשֵׂה--שֶׁהֲרֵי בְּאַרְבַּע הַפָּרָשִׁיּוֹת צִוָּה עַל תְּפִלִּין שֶׁלָּרֹאשׁ, וְעַל תְּפִלִּין שֶׁלַּיָּד.  וְכָל הָרָגִיל בַּתְּפִלִּין--מַאֲרִיךְ יָמִים, שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר "אֲדֹנָי, עֲלֵיהֶם יִחְיוּ" (ישעיהו לח,טז)

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You now know that we are learning a text from the משנה תורה;

  • from the section called הלכות תפילין; 

  • from chapter ד;

  • from הלכה כו

You also know how to read it in Hebrew. Now let's take a look at what it means. We're going to focus on identifying key vocabulary words and translating a short piece of Rabbinic text. I'll give you a few vocabulary words below and I want you to find a friend and see if you can come up with a good translation of this piece of text.

אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁמִּצְוָתָן לְלָבְשָׁן כָּל הַיּוֹם, בְּשָׁעַת תְּפִלָּה יָתֵר מִן הַכֹּל


even though - אַף עַל פִּי
שֶׁמִּצְוָתָן - מצוה שלהן
wear - לובש
time for prayer - בְּשָׁעַת תְּפִלָּה
more - יָתֵר


Come up with your own translation and check with other students to see how you did. When you think you really have it - submit it below.

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