The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible
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Logic would dictate that since the Torah says “ put phylacteries on your head , put
phylacteries on your hand , ” that just as the one on the head has four scrolls so
the one on the hand should have four scrolls . Therefore the verse says AND ...
Logic dictates that since the Torah says “ put phylacteries on your head , put
phylacteries on your hand , ” that just as the one on the head is on the upper part
of the head , so the one on the hand must be on the upper part of the arm . You
phylactery of the hand is on the hand , place the phylactery of the head upon the
head . This is the source of the teaching that the ( proper performance of the )
mitzvah of phylacteries is that one first puts on the one of the hand and then that
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