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Actually, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, did give a response which can be found in his Igrot Kodesh when he was asked in the 1960's (might have been early 1970's). He said that he had nothing to add to the response of the Rebbe Rashab, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, on the question. The Rashab was asked specifically about the Radziner ...


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How are the tzitzit made? One begins from the corner of a garment - i.e., the end of its woven portion. One ascends upward no more than three fingerbreadths from the edge, but no less than the distance from the knuckle of the thumb to its end. [A hole is made] and four strands inserted, [causing them] to be folded in half. Thus, there will be eight ...


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The word "tekheiles" actually refers to a kind of blue wool; not the dye itself, but the dyed wool. Most hold that tekheiles must come from the chilazon. There is the opinion of the Tif'eres Yisrael (stated in his introduction to Seder Mo'eid, kelalei Bigdei Qodesh "hinei") that tekheiles is any colorfast blue wool of the right hue. According to him, the ...


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You cite the Sifre Bamidbar 115 which states: ועשו להם ציצית שומע אני יעשה חוט אחד בפני עצמו ת"ל גדילים מכמה גדילים אתה עושה אין פחות משלשה דברי בית הלל ובית שמאי אומרים שלשה של צמר ורביעית של תכלת והלכה כבית שמאי But if you look at the Sifre Devarim 234, the other place in the Torah that talks about Tzitzit, it says: גדילים תעשה לך, למה נאמר לפי ...


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The relevant statement is in his Pirush HaMishnayos 4:1: ואינו נמצא בידינו היום לפי שאין אנו יודעים לצובעו שאין כל מין תכלת בצמר נקרא תכלת אלא תכלת ידועה שאי אפשר לעשותה היום ועל כן אנו עושים בלבן לבדו And [Techeiles] is not found in our hands today because we do not know how to die it because not all types of Techeiles in wool are called Techeiles ...


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The Techeiles Chabura (http://www.techeiles-chabura.com) sells Bada"tz certified, murex-dyed strings for slightly less than Ptil Tekhelet's American costs.


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I have two hypotheses: 1) If a major rav were to come out with a clear psak in favor, or just start wearing techelet publicly himself, it would be a whole lot to carry on his shoulders. As far as I know, most poskim are hesitant to tackle the question at all. Even Rav Moshe Karp was staunchly opposed to wearing techelet, but when one of his sons came home ...



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