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Blankets have four corners. So, do they require tzitzis?

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The Talmud (Menachoth, 40:1) says "Our Rabbis taught: A linen garment is, according to Beth Shammai, exempt from zizith; but Beth Hillel declare it liable. The halachah is in accordance with Beth Hillel"

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Hi Nissim. How does this answer the question, which wasn't referring to any specific material AFAICT. –  Double AA Aug 11 at 19:37
    
The original term in the Talmud is 'Sadin' (סדין), which translates to bedsheet –  Nissim Aug 11 at 19:39
    
So the Talmud was discussing an argument about bedsheets? Why did the translation not reflect that? What was the basis of the argument between Beth Shammai and Beth Hillel about bedsheets? –  Double AA Aug 11 at 19:41
    
On the next page (40:2) Rabbi Zera says that bedsheet doesn't need tzitzis because the passuk says 'that ye may look upon it' (וראיתם אותו) and he deducts that this part comes to teach us that nightware are exempt from tzitzis –  Nissim Aug 11 at 19:46
    
But you sure downvote fast around here... –  Nissim Aug 11 at 19:47

I think I remember seeing the Hazon Ish being Matir MeIkar HaDin to not place Sisit on the blanket.

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In SHU"T SHOEL UMASHIV he answers that according to the MORDECHAI only when a garment is worn in a way of clothing (DERECH LIVISHA) is one obligated in Tzitzis.

The SHUT of the MARSHAM adds that Tzitzis are meant to surround one on four sides so you could see them when looking in every one of the 4 directions. A blanket does not have that, which might be the reason we do not put Tzitzis on our blankets.

The main reason quoted is that a covering which is made for use at night does need Tzitzs (Kesus Laylah) and a blanket's main time of use is during the night.

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good answer, but why so many CAPS? ;) –  jutky Sep 7 '11 at 19:09
    
Please de-jargonify. –  Seth J Jul 2 '12 at 14:03
    
What about for the Rambam who holds kesus laylah is chayav bayom? –  Double AA Sep 10 '12 at 7:41
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"[A] covering which is made for use at night does need Tzitzs" -- is that a typo? –  Seth J Oct 23 '13 at 17:00

The Sefer Hachinuch - in passing - brings up a discussion in the G'mara that concludes that they do. That is, if we assume 'blanket' and sadin to be equivalent.

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Just out of interest you actually have tzitzis on your blankets? –  SimchasTorah Jun 3 '10 at 21:51
    
I once saw someone with tzitzit on his blanket - but he was in a Chabad family whose practice was to wear tzitzit at night. I presume he didn't wear a talit katan, and relied on the blanket instead. Alternatively, he was a smart guy and he may have been subtly making a point about the halacha: the blanket is an archetypical 4-cornered garment, but you say it doesn't need tzitzit because it's reserved for sleeping. Then what about your talit katan, since the one you wear at night is also reserved for sleeping? –  Joe in Australia Sep 5 '11 at 11:26
    
@JoeinAustralia The Shulchan Aruch Ha-Rav makes it clear that you must wear the your sleeping talit katan occasionally during the day, otherwise as a night only garment it wouldn't need tzitzis. –  Ariel Nov 2 '12 at 2:01

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