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) or phylacteries, are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah.
In Rabbinic Judaism, which is the predominant form of Judaism today, tefillin are worn by observant adult Jews during weekday morning prayers.
They are intended to fulfill the Torah's instructions to keep as a "sign" and "remembrance" of the Exodus, signifying that God brought the children of Israel out of Ancient Egypt.
The texts have to be written with halachically acceptable (acceptable according to Jewish law) ink on halachically acceptable parchment.
There are precise rules for writing the texts and any error invalidates it.
Joseph Caro (16th century) explains that tefillin are placed on the arm adjacent to the heart and on the head above the brain to demonstrate that these two major organs are willing to perform the service of God.
Many have the custom to have high-quality tefillin and beautiful tefillin bags as a Hiddur Mitzvah.
What this really means is: I shall glorify Him in the way I perform mitzvot.