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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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I am not a chemist but with the information I do have this could be why your friend's tzitzis crumbled: If you look at the ingredients of Tide and other similar laundry detegents you will find both surfactants and enzymes. Surfactants decrease the surface tension of the material as well as the surface tension between oil and water. The enzymes, such as ...


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This is sort of an argument from absence, but... Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 8:16) describes a case where a person sleeps at night wearing his tallis, as to whether he has to recite a berachah on it the next morning. If there were indeed any problem with what parts of the body the tzitzis strings touch, then I would think this would be a logical place for ...


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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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Halacha Berurah (8:33) rules that it's good wear something under the tallit kattan in order to separate it from the body, but me'ikar hadin it's permissable to wear the tallit kattan without another garment underneath.


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The main shiur is that which will cover the head and most of the body of a child who can walk independently in the marketplace (menachos 41). The Tur gives an age of 9. There is a dispute about the second condition of the braisa that an adult would wear it in the street occasionaly. The Tur holds this is a second precondition and so the Rema adds this ...


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


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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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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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According to the Shulchan Aruch (O"C 21) if the tzitzit are no longer valid, one may dispose of them. The Ram"a adds that one should dispose of them respectfully, but they do not require geniza. The Ram"a then brings down a second opinion that they (the strings) should be put in geniza, and recommends it. Similarly with the article of clothing itself: it may ...


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The blessing is said immediately before putting on the Talit Katan. Code of Jewish Law Siman 9:8: Regarding all mitzvos, one recites the blessing upon the mitzvah preceding its performance. This means that the blessing should be made prior to carrying out the mitzvah and immediately after one recites the blessing, one must do the mitzvah, without any ...


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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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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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The Baal Hatanya, in his Shulchan Aruch (10:18), says that as long as visibly more than half the length is open along both sides of the garment, then it's fine. However, in Hilchos Tzitzis in his Siddur (which was written later, hence it represents his final decision), he says that it should be completely open on both sides, not connected even with laces, ...


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The Shulchan Aruch rules (O"C 17:3) that a parent is obligated to educate his child and buy him tzitzit when he is knowledgeable enough to wrap himself in them on his own. The Ram"a adds that he should also be capable of wearing it in a way that keeps two tassels in front and two behind, and to kiss it when he recited Keriat Shema. Here is the relevant ...


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In his book Geburat HaAri (pg. 137) he brings the AriZal and explains that according to him they should be exposed because in Shaar HaKawanot (7c) the Ari says that there is a Miswa to behold the Sisiot (see Debarim 15:39). He expounds on this immensely in his Sefer Wayashov HaYam (vol. 1 Siman 3).


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See my answer here: http://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/12184/759 In short, tzitzit are not fundamentally holy and may be discarded in the trash, although it is proper to treat them with extra respect (ie wrapping it in a bag first or something). This applies to the strings. (Shulchan Aruch 21:1) As for the beged (piece of clothing): in the standard case ...


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The advantages of a Tallit Katan is that you get to wear it all the time. The advantage of a tallit gadol is that it is for sure the correct size to be obligated in the mitzva. So, since for many it is impractical to wear a big enough tallit to be for sure obligated all the time, they are at least encouraged to wear a smaller one which might be obligated at ...


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Reb Shlomo Zalman Aurbach in his HALICHOS SHLOMO (Hilchos Tztzis Perek Gimmel SIF KATAN YUD ALEPH) says it is allowed. This answers a simple question that if the original takanah of Tzitzis was on clothes (it is only today that we wear a special garment to obligate ourselves), you would not be allowed to put it on regular clothes either as one's clothes ...


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I believe the general rule of thumb is that children are to begin observing positive commands as they become mature enough to have some understanding of them. Regarding tzitzis there is a minhag to have boys wear a tallis katan even from age three, see Sha'arei Teshuvah 17:2, Aruch HaShulchan 17:5 (Children in Halachah 2:iv, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen).


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I have never heard of a need to wear the same pair of tzizit for 24 hours. The assumption lends itself to a lot of questions and suffice it to say that the question would be enhanced if you can ask this bachor to provide sources for his statement. As to your question if you can wear a pair of tzizit specifically for bed and change in the morning before the ...


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As I understand it, there are two issues: Is it appropriate to wear tzitzis directly on your skin, where they can get sweaty? If you have a T-shirt-like-shape, but it still has four square corners, is that obligated in tzitis like a four-cornered garment? As far as what's appropriate, I don't know. Biblically, people just attached fringes to their ...


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The best I can offer as an explanation to what went wrong, is some kind of chemical reaction. At some point the tzitzit must have come in contact with some sort of chemical agent that either was activated by the water and/or soap, or reacted to it violently. Disintegration of a natural fiber takes a pretty strong chemical agent to accomplish. Did your ...


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Generally it's Sephardic Jews who are more concerned for the opinion of the Rambam. For Ashkenazim, both the Mishnah Brurah and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein consider it a meritorious chumrah, though the former uses stronger language. (The latter acknowledges that it can be hot in American summertimes!)


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Great trick for keeping zizit from tangling. My wife takes my cotton begged zizit and washes with other clothes, buy she has a great trick for making sure the actual zizit strings don't get tangled. She takes the four zizit and puts them inside a sock, then makes a knot of the sock, with the zizit inside and tosses it in the washing machine with ...


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I've found that the most reliable way to keep tzitzit untangled is to hand-wash them, and hang dry. Putting them in the dryer will most definitely tangle them. I've found that when they do get tangled, they can be safely untangled while wet. I have found that to be easier than when dry.


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The custom among (as far as I know all) Ashk'nazim (and maybe among others also?) is that someone who dons a talis katan in the morning intending to don a talis gadol later (for prayers) does not say a b'racha on the former. However, I have no citation for this: I'm not seeing it in the Mishna B'rura, and certain parts of Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 8 seem ...


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The important characteristics of the garment are about the corners, size, material, and how open the sides are (see below). The choice of neckline would be governed by what you're going to wear it under, same as for any other undershirt. Laws of Tzitzit from Chabad gives the following requirements for the tallit katan. Some of the stringencies here are ...



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