tefillin date


tefillin date (teh-FIH-lin deyt) listen


  • n. A date on which the male brings along his tefillin, in the expectation that he may spend the night with his date (because he is conscientious about the mitzvah of tefillin and the need to put on his tefillin the following morning).

Example Sentences

  • "He was prepared for a tefillin date."

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew

Who Uses This

  • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


  • North America
  • Australia / New Zealand


  • None

Alternative Spellings

tefilin date


  • Illustrative of the mixed values of the MO / LWMO crowd. According to legend, which may be urban myth, this phrase was coined by Rabbi Steven Riskin when he was rabbi of Lincoln Square synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in a sermon lambasting the lax sexual / religious standards of UWS singles.

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