The Daily Halacha Moment - Checking Teffilin & Elul 📙
״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)
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Is one obligated to check his Teffilin during the month of Elul?
What berachah in Shemoneh Esrei should one have extra Kavanah during the month of Elul?
One is not obligated to check one's Teffilin if they were written by an expert sofer. However, It is praiseworthy for one to have his tefillin and mezuzot checked by a qualified sofer during the month of Elul even though tefillin do need to be checked without a reason. Nonetheless, mezuzot need to be checked once every three and a half years. 
During Elul, and especially during the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, when reciting the berachah of Hashivenu Avinu leToratecha, one should have in mind the request that Hashem help the unobservant Jews to repent. If one knows of someone specifically, he should have that person in mind, and may even recite names, especially of family members. 
. Yechaveh Daat 1:49; Chazon Ovadia, Yamim Nora’im, p. 26; Torat HaMoadim, Yamim Nora’im, p. 2; Yalkut Yosef, Yamim Nora’im, p. 84; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 4, 1:6. See also Orchot Maran, vol. 1, p. 97, which states that Chacham Ovadia Yosef was not particularly stringent to check his tefillin and mezuzot every Elul.
. Chazon Ovadia, Yamim Nora’im, p. 25, 21, in the name of Rabbi David Amar, Tefillah LeDavid, Siman 212. See also Yalkut Yosef, Yamim Nora’im, p. 81.
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