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Halacha - Tefillin shel rosh going over hairline
Submitted by Abba Silver  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Dear Rabbi, I no longer have a hairline. How can I determine where my original hairline is for the sake of properly positioning the tefillin shel rosh above my original hairline? Are there any opinions that say it doesn't invalidate the mitzvah of tefillin shel rosh if the tefillin move down a little bit below the original hairline? Thank you.

Usually the scalp that once was covered by hair retains a slightly different texture and sheen that the skin of the forehead. If it is impossible to determine, you should place your tefillin above the point of where the hairline would be on an average person. If the bayis of the tefillin slides below the hairline you have not fulfilled the mitzva, but if just the wider base, titura, has slipped there is a machlokes. Generally speaking, it is better to place the Tefillin Shel Rosh a little too high rather than risking being too low.

posted:2008-07-11 13:10:04

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Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2008-07-21 15:21:43
The Piskei Teshuvos 27:18 and Nitei Gavriel 47:5 bring numerous names on each side. The general conclusion is to be careful to keep the entire tefillin above the hairline.
Abba Silver, 2008-07-15 15:37:06
Dear Rav Moncharsh, shlit"a,

Thank you very much for the answer!

You wrote: "...but if just the wider base, titura, has slipped there is a machlokes."

Can you please tell me where this machlokes is discussed?
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