Q. One uses a set of still joined chopsticks as tongs to help him put on his Tefilin Shel Yad without touching his usually covered upper arm, and then having to wash that hand. Will those chopsticks become a Chefetz shel Kedusha (an object of holiness) and require proper geniza as other Tashmishei or serving objects to Tefilin do?
A. It should be mentioned that it is entirely possible to put on the hand Tefilin, without touching the arm at all.
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a mentioned that he usually washes his hand after putting on the Tefilin. However, he maintains that if someone finds this difficult, then just rubbing the hand on his shirt or jacket to clean it is permissible.
The Rov maintains that the chopsticks do not become Tashmishei Kedusha, being similar to the shirt or jacket on them.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a