Thursday, May 5, 2011

Earliest time for Tefillin


We normally assume that the earliest time for tefillin is the same as the earliest time for tallit - when there is enough daylight that one could identify an acquaintance at a distance of several feet.

However, one who must rise and complete all of davening before then, and who will not have any opportunity to put on tefillin at the proper time, may rely upon the view that tefillin is a "nighttime mitzvah" as well as a daytime mitzvah, and put them on with a berachah for his early davening.

If his davening will extend past that "earliest time", then he should not rely upon this leniency.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 1:10 and Orach Chaim 4:6)

Have a great day,

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