Do We Wear Tefillin on Purim?

Do We Wear Tefillin on Purim?
Q. Dear Rabbi, Do we wear Tefillin on Purim? Secondly, besides “Al Hanisim” in the amida are there other changes in the prayers on Purim?  Thank You and Happy Purim. Ro'ee

A. Shalom,

1. On Purim we are required to put on Tefillin. Even if someone already prayed he should keep his tefillin on until after completing the Megilla reading.  This is based on the Talmud (Megilla 16b) explaining the verse To the Jews was light and happiness, gladness and preciousness. The sages explained that preciousness alludes to Tefillin. (See Mishna Berura  693, 6)

When a person reads “and preciousness” he should touch both his hand Tefillin and his head Tefillin and kiss his hand afterward. Those who wear Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin in addition to Rashi Tefillin and put the Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin on before Ashrei-Uva Letzion should do the same and wear their Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin when reading the Megilla.  When reading “and preciousness” he should kiss his tefillin (as mentioned before).  

2. The only addition to the amida is “Al’Hanisim” . We also do not say Tachanun on Purim.

With blessings,
Hillel Meyers  
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