In the Name of HASHEM, G-d Eternal
In the Name of HASHEM, G-d Eternal

Ancient Tefillin Wrapping

The ancient method of wrapping Tefillin, as preserved by the Banei Abir clan of Habbani Yemenite Jewry. (Note: the music is Iraqi, not Yemenite)

מנהג הנחת תפילין עתיק יומין שנשתמרה ע”י בית האב ה-‘בני אביר’ של ק”ק יהודי חבאן יוצאי תימן, כשם שנלמד מן ה-אלוף אביר מארי יחיא יהושע אבנר סופר מעטוף-דוח אל-חבאני שליט”א. הארה: המוסיקה היא בבלית, לא תימנית.

10 Responses to “Ancient Tefillin Wrapping”

  1. AL CAraballo (Olla) Says:

    Dear Brother,

    I am so happy that you are producing simple and streight forward video on this subject.
    Thank you and Thank you for youe future efforts.

    Above is my facebook page.


  2. barron Says:

    b’Shem HASHEM El `olam

    Dear Steve,

    I don’t know what might indicate that I am unmarried. Perhaps it is because you see me wrapping tefillin without having worn the tallith first? We understand that tefillin are wrapped before the tallith, because the miSwah of tallith is “hhovath ha-beghed”– not “hhovath ha-ish” (obligatory for a 4-cornered garment, while it is not obligatory for the person to wear such a garment) while tefillin are “hhovath ha-ish” (obligatory to be worn). We give priority to the obligatory Commandment before the non-obligatory one.

    Furthermore, tefillin are the undergarment in a sense, while tallith (or ‘shamle’) is worn as the outer-most garment. Moreover, there is a much deeper reason I will not get into. In short, the order in which I do these miSwoth is not according to minhagh, but Torah logic.

    Barukh HaShem, I am happily married with children. And yes I am left-handed, which is why I wrap tefillin on my right arm.

    With blessings,

    Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron, Beth Midrash Ohel Moshe

  3. Craig Ertlmaier Says:

    Shalom. I was on You Tube searching for blessings upon arising and saw a prayer being recited while washing the face or it may have been before or after it. May you tell me when it’s recited and what prayer it is in English so I may look for it in my Artscroll? Thank you and the site’s terrific. Sincerely, Craig

  4. barron Says:

    Dear Sir,

    I greatly apologize for the length of time it’s taken to get back to you. The site was down for a while after being attacked and infected with malware, and we only now succeeded in getting back up. The blessing in English is (from the Artscroll) “Blessed are You, HaShem our God, King ofh te universe, Who removes sleep from my eyes and slumber from my eyelids… Blessed are You, HaShem, Who bestows beneficent kindnesses upon His people Israel.”

    May you be inscribed from in the Book of Life for a good year.

    With blessings,

    Mori Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron

  5. Nachshon Aryeh Says:

    How is your shel yad tied? The way it looks from the video is the Ashkenazi way (loop to the left of the shel yad knot) or I am seeing it wrong? Can you let me know.

    L’Shana Tov & Chag Samach


  6. Pinchas Says:

    Do you have pictures of step-by-step wrapping of tefillin? I can’t quite see how you wrap it. Has anyone asked you to be their mori? My family and I made Aliyah in June and live in Ariel. Any words of wisdom?

    Shana tova,


  7. Yochanan Ballek Says:

    Are you going to make some diagrams on how to tie our Tefillin this way? You go kinda fast in the video and I would like to see how it goes. Thanks.

  8. barron Says:

    b’Shem HASHEM El `olam

    Dear Pinhhas,

    I’m sorry that I am not free to show this most ancient massorah on the net in a way that can be imitated. We wanted to show people an example of the awesome traditions be learned in Ere3 Yisra’el, without enabling messianics and others who use and abuse our sacred Torah in order to infiltrate our holy People, to actually learn it.

    As a matter of fact, I do have a number of students who look up to me as their rabbi and mentor, and I teach them this special tradition of tying, which I received from the Aluf Abir. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, feel free to contact me directly at the Beth Midrash email:

    Kol ha-kavod on your most excellent choice to return to our homeland. In light of all that is happening in the world, it could be said, “you made it out”, Barukh HaShem. Moreover, you are fulfilling a foundation of the Torah, no less!

    Words of wisdom I offer you at this time are: Do not be dismayed or overwhelmed by the challenges of living in Ere3 Yisra’el at this time, particularly in the beautiful heartland in which you dwell. Take one day at a time, and savor each step you take, every mi3wah you have the merit to do here in the Land. Remember: as difficult as things can be here, you are the very fulfillment of thousands of years of our ancestors’ prayers.

    Now that HaShem has planted you here in our nahhalah (heritage), may He preserve you, bless you, and make you prosper. Only hold fast to his Torah for dear life, “for it is our very life and length of our days”.

    With Blessings,

    Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron

  9. Craig Ertlmaier Says:


    I appreciate the information you game me last time concerning washing the face. I saw you have a part on your site about authentic Jewish dress. I’m very interested in obtaining a dress so when will it be done with construction? Thank you,

  10. barron Says:

    b’Shem HASHEM El `olam

    Shalom Craig,

    Unfortunately, while we still have plans in the works to create such a line of clothing, we still do not at this time. In meanwhile, Yemenite dress can be purchased at two locations in central Israel: “Pinath HaSefer” on Rehov Me’a She`arim, and Nusahh Teman in Bene B’raq. The latter has a website from which one can order, but it is in Hebrew I’ve heard of yet another such place in Tzfath, but I do not know that name.

    If you come to Israel and wish to visit on of these stores, I can help. Please be in touch via the Beth Midrash email,

    With blessings,

    M. Michael Shelomo

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