Wearing the Tefillin on the forehead and the arm, near one's heart, is a biblical transgression, in our honest opinion of how we read the Mitzvot.
Why? Because this is not fulfilling the mitzvot as it is literally stated in the Torah. Here is what the Torah actually says...
According to the biblical commandments surrounding this mitzvot, we write the commandments right on, not in, the tefillin so that we can actually "see" the commandments. While the Torah does not command us which "shape" the tefillin has to be in, we do not have a problem wearing the common cube form, though ours are far smaller in order to put them "between our eyes" and so that our hands are not burdened down.

We wear the tefillin all day. At night is the only time we can actually take it off, unless we have guests over at our house. If we are in the public at night, we must always wear it.

What I have written is according to biblical Judaism, not rabbinical Judaism.

Now here is a quote from "Iconography of Religions XXIII, the Jewish Sanctuary" that tells us the tefillin was worn throughout the day and NOT just for morning prayer...

Here is a link (please scroll down to the bottom of page 16)

The main reason my the "Tefillin" on my hand is made out of .999 pure silver is because, my regular tefillin kept breaking and tearing because of everyday activities. Thus, I needed something more practical, something that could endure water (for when taking a shower, going in a mikvah or swimming) and the stresses of hard work (like construction, farming and other things).



A cylindrical tefillin found in the Cairo genizah proves that there were different styles of Tefillin being worn

Pieces of Parchment Used as Phylacteries (Tefillin) Discovered at Qumran Containing Portions of Exodus 13:1-3


length 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.), width 1 cm (3/8 in.)

This phylactery case consists of two pieces of leather stitched together. It has four chambers each designed to hold a phylactery (tefillin), and is meant to be worn on the forehead.
length 1.3 cm (1/2 in.), width 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

This phylactery case has a single compartment. It is made of one piece of leather folded in two and then stiched together. A leather thong was inserted at the middle.
Now even though this Tefillin to the left, doesn't have the mitzvot "on" it as the commandment requires, it still proves my point that biblical texts allows people to make their tefillin with any shape or style they want. The same goes for the picture below.
וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאֹות עַל־יָדֶךָ וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶֽיךָ׃
          your eyes          between    frontlets/ binding        and also         your          on/            unto [a]              And you shall tie
                                                   item / totafot /          must be         hand        upon            sign /               down/ bind down
                                                          tefillin                                                                remembrance/
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Paraphrased gist of the commandment... "You must bind a sign of remembrance upon your hand and also for frontlets between you eyes."

A link to a book telling us that possibly silver Tefillin were found. They are dated to be around 800-600 BCE. I can't find any pictures yet, though they seem to exist in Turkey right now.
Click HERE




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