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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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The Mishna Brurah 8:4 brings the Bach who holds one should cover the heads with the tallis which brings yiras shamayim.The Mishna Brurah in hilchos hikon tefillah(I think siman 91,or 90,he brings that one should cover his face with the tallis during shemoneh esri.There are numerous sources which say to cover the head with a tallis.The Ben Ish Chai in Hilchos ...


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Excellent question. Greetings and welcome to J.SE! German and Sephardic Jewish men begin wearing a Tallis many years before marriage; the question if anything is why those of Eastern European ancestry wait until marriage. I'm told that once a man gets married and starts wearing a Tallis, the practice (I wouldn't say "must", but certainly "normative ...


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I've shared your reaction in the past. Interestingly enough, it seems that Posekim in the last century (who disapproved of women wearing one at all) preferred that if a woman were to wear one, she wear one that is distinctively feminine in its design. I cannot pull all the necessary sources at the moment, but the basics are as follows: The Shulhan 'Aruch ...


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This is an interesting question because there is the Shalom Bayis reason(from the Tamei Minhagim) and also the Magen Avraham who brings the Mahril who folded his talis motzei shabbas. However, the Ben Ish Chai parshas Noach 16 writes that one should be careful not to leave his talis unfolded overnight(which seems one can fold his fellows talis) but he then ...


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Yes. You can fold his tallis. Folding your neighbors tallis will protect it from damage. Forget about segulah. You have an obligation to protect your neighbors property, particularly when it costs you nothing to do so! Here is a source for the obligation to protect others' property Aruch Hashulchan, Choshen Mishpat 259:17 – One must try to prevent any type ...


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From the Shulchan Aruch hilchos tzitzs 10:11 we learn that a scarf is not mechyuav to have tzits even though it is draped on the shoulders it is still considered a head beged(see the Biur halacha).In order for there to be a chiyuv of tzitzs it has to be considered a beged which is usually worn as such. If a person would wrap a flag around himself then ...


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Since you are not halachically Jewish, you have no commandment in tzitzit. (The tallit is just the vehicle for tzitzit, which you probably already know.) To you, therefore, your grandfather's tallit is just a garment. It isn't restricted to him or to Jews; if you were to don it privately you wouldn't be doing damage. (I don't have a source for this; it's ...


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He should not make a b'racha on the borrowed talis-gadol. If he will later that day get his own talis-gadol, he should then put his own on with b'racha, as if it had been tisha b'av. Regarding the talis-katan, it depends on several disagreements among authorities, and therefore goes accordig to the person-in-questions's accepted shitos: If he holds that ...


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See לוח עזרת תורה in the name of Horav Henken OBM where he permits the early Minyanim to put on Talis & Tefillin after Alois. My assumption is that it is derived from the Halacha that one who walking (not riding) may put on Tefillin before Mesheyakir (see SA Siman 30:3) and as far as Talis see Siman 18:3 in Ramah that if one puts on Talis after Alois the ...


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I recommend that you discuss your own situation and best course of action with your rabbi. I posed this question, regarding my own entry into the techeilet world, to Rabbi Jack Bieler in Silver Spring. If I recall correctly, he told me that if I only felt I could afford one set of strings, I should go ahead and put them on one garment, and that whether that ...


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Let's assume the question is the color of the garment, not the stripes. There is actually some (small) halachic basis for such an argument. (In addition to whatever "soft" concerns about distraction, disruption, or the like.) Rambam's opinion is that if the whole tallit is pink/red/grey/yellow, then the strings (except fo the techelet one) should be ...


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The stripes of color are a rememberance for the lost blue techeles string. I heard on a tape from R' Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik that the differences in black/blue really come from a machlokes Rambam and Rashi. The Gemara in Menachos says that Techeilis is " Techeiles Domeh Le'Yam, V'hayam Dome Le'Rakiya" that the blue techeiles string is the color of the sky. ...


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The בית יוסף in או"ח סימן ח quotes not only the בעל העיטור. He also quotes the רוקח who brings a Medrash on the Pasuk in אז ישיר that states והמים להם חומה the water behind them was warned not to harm them as they would be wearing 2 ציצית behind them as well as the knot of their תפילין. The בית יוסף also bring the הגהות מיימון at the end of the Rambam's ...


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The religious significance in wearing a prayer shawl lies specifically in the tzitzit fringes themselves. Technically any garment of four corners can be used as a prayer shawl, so long as it has the tzitziyot on them. As for a non-Jew wearing tzitzit, there is nothing offensive or wrong with your wearing tzitzit so long as you are aware that you do so on a ...


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The Rambam does not mention how to wear a Tallith; and refers to wearing it as עטוף - but I cannot find where he defines that concept. Those communities - like the Teimanim - may be relying on the Rambam without subsequent Poskim/Meforshim. The Tur and Bet Yosef define עטוף as covering your head, face and body - which is why we wrap our heads in the Tallit ...


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A chupa is not always a talis: other cloths are used also. But we do find that something used for one mitzva should be used for another (e.g. Nit'e Gavriel, Arbaas Haminim, chapter 61, paragraph 2), which may explain why people use a talis for a chupa. Another reason may be that it's a readily accessible large square cloth that doesn't look inappropriate.


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I have also asked this question, and I was told by my yeshiva-educated fiancee who grew up going to a chabad shul because it was the only Orthodox shul within walking distance of his house the following. His understanding is that Chabad men who have never been married do not wear a tallis gadol ever even when being called up or as shatz. He contrasted this ...


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I think that it is not true that Chabad does not wear Tallit during Shacharis or Leining. The following video shows the Rebbe, as well as others, praying Shacharis with a Tallis: http://www.chabad.org/862984


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As far as I know(I am not a Rav): there is no problem, Moreover - if the first knot (that is near the talit) became loose the Tzizit might not be Kosher. If you re-tie the first knot you should cocentrate "L'eshem Mitzvat Tzizit" since it is the "Mederoita"


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the stripes are not "needed" they are a Minhag. accordingly, talisim were not origionally striped. I take the liberty to guess that manufactures of todays talisim with techeileit that have stripes as well, are simply producing it according to peoples perceptions of what a talis should look like. In regard to the color, i'ts interesting to note the the ...


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technically one isn't obligated to have tzitzis at all unless one is wearing a 4 cornered garment. today we go out of our way to have a four cornered garment to not miss out on the opportunity of a positive mitzvah. this being the case though once one starts taking on this as a regular action they may not stop doing so.


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The Taz in hilchos tzitzis says that we wear a yarmulke even when the tallis is covering the head in case the tallis slips off. It would seem that if not for that concern, one would take off their yarmulke when wearing a tallis, and there is no need for a double head covering. There are poskim who require atifas harosh (surrounding the head, not just ...


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The custom was once that the talis was the main garment a man wore. While that is obviously not the case anymore, we do wear a talis katan (small talis) to keep the mitzva of tzitzis with us the whole day. (It is a shmira - reminder or spiritual protection against forbidden relations.) However, it is highly questionable if a regular talis katan1 fulfils the ...


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The custom of the Teimanin (Yemenites) is to wear a tallis for Friday night prayers. (And I was told by my Teimani neighbor that also when they visit a friend on Shabbos they wear a tallis). But despite this being an old, established custom, many Teimanim who came to Eretz Yisrael have abandoned it, apparently so as not to be different from other Jewish ...


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Actually there are others who were concerned over the issue, which, as SethJ notes above, is referred to as notef al hakanaf, meaning it should hang down along the side, not from the bottom. The Chazon Ish held that you should tie the first knot really snug so that it bunches up the fabric, and that way the tzitzit won't budge. You see a lot of avreichim ...



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