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See Aruch HaShulchan OH 302:12 where he explains the common custom to fold our tallis on Shabbos because our folding does not fall under the category of fixing nor is it difficult to do. ובזמנינו יש הרבה שמקפלין טליתותיהם בשבת, ויש לומר דסבירא ליה דבקיפול שלנו ליכא שום תיקון, וטעמא דטירחא לא סבירא ליה, כדעת רש"י והרמב"ם והטור והש"ע And in ...


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The minhag is sourced to the Talmud (Kiddushin 29b) that only married men would put the talis over their heads. א"ל מאי טעמא לא פריסת סודרא א"ל דלא נסיבנא Rashi: דלא פריס סודר - כדרך הנשואין שהיו רגילין לכסות ראשן


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My understanding is it's just reinforcing. Even so, over time you'll see the strings keep pulling towards the edge. If an edge is broken, you can't just mend it: you have to take off the strings, restore the garment to its four-cornered nature, then reattach the strings.


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One must attach the tzitzis to a piece of cloth that is at least three by three agudlin (three agudlin being between 2 2/3 and 3 inches). The custom is to sew an appropriately sized piece of cloth on the corners because in many garments, even new, there are pieces of cloth sewn together that are not the correct size. Therefore, we put the correctly sized ...


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From Rabbi Hershel Schachter's YUTorah lecture on the topic: The stripes are reminiscent of the techeilet (blue string) that everyone used to wear; depending on the concentration of the dye, you could a color anywhere from light blue to near-black; hence some people have blue stripes, some have black. I believe there are also kabbalistic meanings behind ...


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so that woman who are looking to get married may see who is and is not married.


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A few suggestions: Tie your own tzitzis using the thick tallis strings. When possible, try to hand wash them. Try not to get the braid and strings wet at all. If washing them in washing machine, wrap the entire braid and strings in aluminum foil. Hand wash wool tzitis in Woolite When you first get/make tzitzis, dip ends of strings (each separately) in ...


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It seems to me that you are hanging around a very limited crowd. In the course of any given day I am likely to see Ataras like you have described, but I am also likely to see silver ataras of many kinds, Ataras with the blessing embroidered, homemade ataras, or Chabad Tallitot with not Atara at all. I think that over the last decade or so, the basic, ...


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In D'varim 22, the pasuk commanding placement of tzitziyos on 4-cornered garments immediately precedes the pasuk describing/commanding getting married. The juxtaposition gave rise to the minhag of simultanaizing these two acts. Extracting instructive meaning from the juxtaposition of two verses is universally acceptable as a method of interpretation only ...


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The B'nei Yissachar says that kabalistically, a Talit Gadol draws down an Or Makif (Transcendent Light). This can only be drawn down when a person is joyful (with Simcha Shel Mitzvah). Since the Gemara says (Yevamot 62B) "A man without a wife lives without joy", and (Shabbos 152A) "The joy of the heart is a woman" an unmarried person does not wear a Talit ...


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The Kaf Hachaim (9:15) brings many sources and reasons why the Talit itself should be completely white (although he says black stripes at the bottom do not invalidate this, since we look at the majority of the Talit). A couple of the reasons he brings: Shulchan Aruch says that the Tzitzit should be the same color as the garment, since the strings are ...


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I think the source of this minhag is in the Talmud (TB Rosh Hashana 17b): ויעבור ה' על פניו ויקרא א"ר יוחנן אלמלא מקרא כתוב אי אפשר לאומרו מלמד שנתעטף הקב"ה כשליח צבור והראה לו למשה סדר תפלה אמר לו כל זמן שישראל חוטאין יעשו לפני כסדר הזה ואני מוחל להם (Roughly: "Hashem passed before him, and He called" (Shmot 34:6): Said R' Yochanan: if this scripture were ...


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It says in the Rambam and Rashi that the strings of a Tallis have to be the same color as the Tallis itself. Tosfos writes that there is no obligation to do so, and the color of the strings does not have to be the same as that of the Tallis. The Halacha is like this opinion. Moreover, the custom in the Ashkenazi world is to make the strings white even when ...


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Tzedaka U'Mishpot 16:2 note 3 indictaes that he has been unable to find a source for this Minhag.


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There is much discussion in Jewish literature about this subject, and there is also a difference between a woman wearing a tallit and tefillin. It is easy to show what the Gemara and the Rema say, but leaving out all of the rishonim and acharonim on the topic would prevent learning where the halakha stands. But here is a start. Regarding tefillin Mishna ...


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There are opinions (in particular, the Rambam, Laws of Tzitzis 3:1-2) that only woolen or linen garments are required by Torah law to have tzitzis, and that all other fabrics are obligated in tzitzis only Rabbinically. Also, there is another opinion (cited in Hagahos Maimonios ibid. 3:6) that garments of other fabrics are indeed required to have tzitzis by ...


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Don't pray audibly. Do as Chana did: Lips moving, no one hearing. Alert an authority: "Hi, flight attendant. I'm Jewish. Our men (and perhaps some of our women?) pray with little black boxes on our heads, straps on our arms, and a big striped shawl. I'm going to pray now. We try our best not to interrupt our prayers for talking or anything in the ...


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I would buy a new pair once or twice a year.


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Mishnah Berurah (8:24) says that "in our times" it is customary to do so, and says that indeed it's better to do it this way. First of all, he says, if you say the two berachos back-to-back, then then one of those berachos is unnecessary. Second, even if you put the tallis katan and tallis gadol on at different times (and say the two berachos separately), ...


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Mendelowitz talis sales and repairs in boro park, brooklyn. ny. 4714 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11219, Tel. 718-853-3219. I purchased my last talis there before last pesach and found him very cooperative. I am very satisfied with his service as opposed to buying in a regular seforim store or even from the major talis importers.


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Yes, Taame Haminhagim 681 says (with my own translation): טעם שהש״ץ מתעטף בציצית כשמשכימין לסליחות אע״פ שאין זמן ציצית, משום דאיתא, הקב״ה נתעטף בציצית כש״ץ והרגיל למרע״ה י״ג מדות, אלמא כשאומר י״ג מדות יתעטף בציצית The reason the shatz (leader) wraps himself in tzitzis when we arise early for s'lichos although it's not yet the hour for tzitzis is ...


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Don't worry about it. The practice of not bringing a Tallit into a bathroom is a strong custom (because the Tallit is a garment designated for prayer times, as opposed to the undergarment tallit katan which we do bring into the bathroom), but not technically a law. This is why you can make the blessing on it, then have in mind to remove it, use the restroom, ...


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The Torah commands to attach tassels (or "fringes") to the edges of any four-cornered garments we must wear; however this only applies during the day, not night. This makes it a "yes-do" command that's limited in time. The rule of thumb for this category of commandments (which also includes shofar, lulav, and the like) is that women aren't obligated in them; ...


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They are still woolen. Since tallitot and tzitziot are under strict supervision, they are (wrongly?) assumed to be safe. Source: My uncle, a Toldos Aharon chassid.


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This was birkat kohanim, the priestly blessing, which (in the diaspora, at least for Ashkenazim) is done only on the high holy days and festivals. In Israel it is done at each morning service (where a minyan is present). This is a recreation of a temple practice. I have been taught that one reason our kohanim take their shoes off is because they did in ...


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To answer your first question, apparently the stripes (like in a barcode) contain information if one knows how to read them, like place of origin and manufacturer. See page 2 of this interview, which mentions this fact in passing.


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Since I'm using a cotton beged, I use the washing machine, and I put the tzitzis in a delicates bag. Then I hang the tzitzis to dry. Using this method, the tzitzis tend to outlive the beged. I haven't figured out what do do with a wool beged. I have three that have been essentially ruined by the washing machine -- the fabric has shrunk and become very ...


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I always found army surplus bags perfect for everything. Hundreds of different sizes and shapes, materials, and usually any color you want as long as it's green. EBay and other places. Isaac suggested some recommendations: I find the Swiss Army bread bags nice. You've seen them. They fold like, interestingly enough, a clam. One side is leather and in some ...


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Based on your description, the first thing to hit me was those Neoprene laptop sleeves. A quick Google showed that it's hard to find ones that are large enough. (Tefillin are kind of bulky, not flat like a laptop) Then I saw it... a Neoprene diaper bag. no kidding. The one I saw from BuiltNY was very expensive and took up too much space with customized ...


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The Gemara (Shabbos 138b) prohibits wearing a סיאנא (Rashi: a kind of felt hat) that has a brim a tefach or more wide, but says that it's not a problem for a person to let a tefach or more of his tallis protrude in front of his head. R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi (in Orach Chaim 301:48) summarizes the three opinions on the subject. If the material is soft and ...



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