Writing a name on tefillin

A question recently came up about someone sending tefillin with his child to camp and wanting to write their name on the tefillin. I'm not sure why he didn't want to write it in the boxes or bag but nevertheless the shaila of writing a name on the retzuot.

I haven't managed to find a tevusha that addresses specifically this question.

I know that having colours on the inside of retzuot is not an issue lema'ase (aside from possibly red) but perhaps writing a chol word would be different? Not so much from a chatzitza viewpoint but from a kedusha viewpoint.

I think some people do write names on retzuot. I would have thought to advise if so to make sure it's on the extra bits hanging down and not on the parts that are wrapped on the arm or head.

Can anyone comment on this?


  1. Some do, but put it on the extra parts as mentioned.

    Some kids mix up rashi and RT's in which case its beneficial to mark the straps and the pros far outweigh the cons

  2. Rav Friedlander told me that names/words shouldn't be written on the retzuos. Perhaps some sort of simple marking, like a sjort straight line would be less of a concern.


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