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Are women allowed to wear tzitzis, and if they do can they make a bracha?

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Ah, yes. The Tosfos in Yevamos – yydl Feb 23 '11 at 5:06
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Like most time-bound (day-only), "yes-do" mitzvas, women are not obligated to wear tzitzis.

The opinion of some (Targum Yonasan Devarim 22:5) is that all tzitzis inherently fall under the prohibited category of "mens's garb", thus a woman would not be allowed to wear them.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe OC 4:49) and others rule otherwise, that they are not inherently prohibited. Though I have heard some (quoted on Rabbi Frand tape) who prefer that they be pink or frilly or otherwise better-demarcated as NOT a man's garment.

If tzitzis are allowed but not obligated for a woman, the next question (as Rav Moshe writes) is one of intent. If this is a woman's way of doing extra mitzvas to serve G-d, fair enough. If it's a political statement, well then that's a different story.

If all these hurdles are cleared, then the question of whether to make a bracha is the time-honored disagreement regarding women making brachas on optional mitzvas: the Ashkenazic opinion as that she should, and the Sephardic opinion that she should not.

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Thank you Shalom which leads to my folow up question why Sefardic women Make Birchas Hatorah if they dont make brachos – SimchasTorah Feb 23 '11 at 1:21
@SimchasTorah, women are obligated to learn "the halacha they need." A Jewish woman's relationship with Torah is not optional like a lulav or tzitzis. Furthermore, the bracha on Torah isn't just a standard acknowledgement of obligation; it's reminding us about the relationship the entire Jewish people have with the Torah. – Shalom Feb 23 '11 at 1:40
Sources would be invaluable. – Seth J May 2 '12 at 15:35
@SethJ See recent edit. – Double AA Mar 6 '13 at 4:54

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