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Customer Pays $6,000 For Custom-Made Rare Pair of Tefillin

The Otzar Hastam center in Tzfas received an unusual request from an American Jewish businessman to create "the most special Tefillin in the world." Each item would have to be made from a different kosher animal. It took a full year to create it and the cost was $6,000. Full Story

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wow
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wow

amazing. This is absolutely incredible!

Very nice
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Very nice

Is there any possible way we can see photos of the Ksav?

Interesting and Beautiful
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Interesting and Beautiful

Please excuse my ignorance but can you please clarify on what basis is this considered more mehudar?

Is there somewhere in Halacha that speaks about the value and significance or is it the novelty of getting something special custom made from the most exotic materials ?

Good question
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Good question

This is a story of an admirable Jew who loves the Mitzvah and is willing to give it his all
Al pi Halacha the 1300 dollar pair of tefilin is as mehudar.
The main thing is that it is written by a true yerei shomayim

The 1300 pair is probably more Mehudar
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The 1300 pair is probably more Mehudar

Since according to our Sages all parts of the Tefillin is best to be made out from calf species

A living example
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A living example

There’s a lot of information missing from this article of what exactly makes it so unique…

But regardless, kol hakavod to this person who values Mitzvahs so much, he could have used the money in so many other ways on gadgets and luxury items but instead chose to spend that much money to do Hashems mitzvahs in the best possible way. Just beautiful.

Hiddur
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Hiddur

Multiple species is a hiddur? Source please.

Rabbi Aryeh Schechter
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Rabbi Aryeh Schechter

The boxes from a bull? It is preferable from a calf like the Egel hazahav. See shulchan aruch ha rav!

Proud
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Proud

I just showed them to my children, they are magnificent
A true rare pair of tefillin
Wear them in good health!

AY Perlstein
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AY Perlstein

I’ve seen this pair and it truly is a beautiful pair of Tefillin. The joy this beautiful Jew expressed while explaining every detail of the Tefillin is as special as the Tefillin themselves.

This business man is an inspirational Bal Chesed and Tzedaka and on top of that he loves beautifying the Mitzvos. Love the idea to think outside the box and create a unique one of a kind pair of Tefillin!

These are
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These are

BH These tefillin are not mehudar in the halachic sense. Ideally, the battim, retzuos, klaf and gidim are all from calf, and preferably shlil (embryonic calf). Deer is a chaya, which is not so eidel and bull is more durable but less mehudar than calf. Retzuos from keves are probably very smooth and feel nice, but are not more mehudar than calf. Calf tefillin is a tikkun for the cheit haeigel. However, the sheidelach from wood are definitely more mehudar than plastic. And the most important factor is the yiras shomayim of the sofer. This is not ch”v to knock… Read more »

Wow
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Wow

This is beautiful!

מה יפה מצות יחוד השם וביחוד עם ישראל. דבי"ר
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מה יפה מצות יחוד השם וביחוד עם ישראל. דבי"ר

מי העמך גוי אחד בארץ.
G-d also praised us as we are careful to be united and positive, achad; achdus-union and achid-unique-
Beautiful decision, beautiful achiement, should you always be a supporter of good causes and help our brethren in Israel, the sofrim need harchavat hadaat too, and the sofrum also something they can bubble on.
Mazal tov, Mazal tov

Aron
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Aron

Close the cover from that position (last photo) and he’ll be needing new Tefillin…

Misguided customer
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Misguided customer

When I get customers like this I feel obligated to educate them first, they usually find what they’re looking for, for less then 2.5k a pair, with all of the “known” hiddurim like avoidas yad ,shlil ,non interrupted writing no overly stretched out letters, even columns etc. It would be nice to see a picture of the ksav though I do understand if they won’t want that

Nice
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Nice

I actually use boxes for my tefillin made from olive wood. I had bought them years ago I Israel and still use them.

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