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Why is shatnez (a garment made of a mixture of wool and linen, which is forbidden) muter (permissible) by tzitzis?

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This question could be improved if you'd put in some information about where you got the idea that it is, in fact, permitted. – Isaac Moses Nov 21 '10 at 4:30
Do you have a source that says one may make tzitzit from shatnetz? The Ben Ish Hai, Year 1 Parashat Noach(don't remember the specific number) seems to be certain that you cannot. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Mar 29 '13 at 13:57

In short: The Torah says in Devarim 22: 11 - 12:

You shall not wear a mixture of wool and linen together. You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.

We learn from this juxtaposition of pesukim that one can even make Tzitzis in a case of Shaatnez.

(from here)

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