retzuot (ret-soo-OTE)


  • n. The leather straps attached to tefillin.

Example Sentences

  • "I need new retzuos for shel yad, and the options that most storefronts are giving me are completely foreign to me. What's the difference between machine and Avodas Yad? What are the different hashgachos all about? Orel? Peir? Zonenfeld?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • רצועות

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      retsuot, retzuos, retsuos


  • "There are two boxes of tefillin; one rests on the hand, the other on the forehead. The strap for the hand is wound seven times around the arm and then three times around the hand and three times around the ring and middle fingers, forming the Hebrew word Shaddai, one of the names of God. The strap for the forehead is tied in a knot and then left to hang loose." (JPS)

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