Sunday, December 6, 2009

Removing Tefillin on Rosh Chodesh


We remove our tefillin before the Musaf amidah on Rosh Chodesh. That amidah focusses on the korbanot which make Rosh Chodesh a yom tov (holiday), and we don't wear tefillin on yom tov.

There is some debate as to when, precisely, to remove tefillin; some suggest during UVa l'Tzion, others suggest after the kaddish that precedes Musaf. The prevalent Ashkenazi practice is to remove tefillin after that kaddish, because of a view that one should answer a certain number of kaddish-recitations while wearing tefillin.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 423:4; Magen Avraham 423:6; Mishneh Berurah 423:10)

Have a great day,

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