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Rabbi Menashe Klein Zatzal in Mishna Halachos 13:3 in discussing shoes with a zipper concludes that it is best to close the zipper in the same order one would tie his shoes. I would conclude from this that velcro would also be the same.


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See this page on Tiferes Stam, which shows a diagram with instructions for both the double- and single-daled knots, as well as information about how the tefillin should fit. The instructions for tightening the double-daled knot are: Say לשם קדושת תפילין, then Pull the strap marked with the arrow down, making the head loop smaller Close ...


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One does not tie a "permanent" knot on the tachrichim (burial clothes) in order to show that the death is not permanent. That is, the person will get up at techiyas hameisim (resurrection of the dead) after the mashiach comes. Additionally, the knots are this way so as not to hinder the dissolution of the tachrichim with the body. The chevra kadisha that I ...


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The source for it is in the Gemara (Shabbos 61a), and it is codified as halachah in Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 2:4). The basic idea behind this practice is: We find that the Torah generally privileges right over left - in this week's parsha, for example, a metzora's purification rites include having some of the blood of one of his sacrifices, and some of ...


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What the minor is doing can be verified by a sight check after the fact (similar to your verification above). The gadol is there to make sure the tzitzis are tied lishma, which a minor may not be thinking about (or know about). I think we can agree that the gadol needs to prompt the katan to perform the initial knot on each set lishma. The rest of the ...


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I have been taught that there is no problem if the tie is wound round but not twisted. This works fine. That twisting is a problem is discussed here. Winding round as a solution is mentioned in Pathway to Prayer, Sefardic, Shabbos by Birnbaum see para 12d.


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It's a machlokes haposkim if one can use them for 24-hour knots. R'Ribiat discussed this issue in "The 39 Melachos" (p.799-800). He says one can use them, but it is praiseworthy to avoid it if they will remain tied for more than 24 hours. The reason to permit it is since its a mode of use, it may not be a melacha. Also, it stays in place because of the ...


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In a sefer called "Toldot Chag Simchat Torah" by Avraham Yaari, He expalins the origins of many Simchat Torah customs. (sorry, can't find a copy online) It seems like he may mention* the custom in the book, but I'm not sure since this blogged timeline of Simchat Torah, made from the book, adds the custom of tying talitot in the late 20th century and the ...


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The book The 39 Avoth Melacha of Shabbath* on Page 32 has an illustration that specifically forbids this (as Rabbinic, IIRC a Torah prohibition). It sources the statement to Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos 25, 2 and Shmiras Shabbos Kehilchasa 15, 50.


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Rav Nachum Tzvi Kornmehl in his shu"t Tiferes Tzvi is matir. I do not remember exactly which chelek or siman and I could not find a link online. I do remember that he argues with the comparison to the Rambam brought in @Avraham Yitzchok's link, and compares it to an alternate Rambam instead. I would assume that separating attached ties into its intended ...


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According to this article: Before the chuppah all the knots on the groom's garments are untied. This symbolizes that at the moment of marriage all other bonds are eliminated, except this intimate one made between the bride and groom. Apparently, this may be a Hassidic custom? I haven't seen any weddings where I have seen this done. Then, again, I ...


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There are two reasons to tie the left shoe first, either because the gemara in shabbos 61a says 'the same as tephilin, so too with shoes'. It is disputed there whether or not to do this at all, with many rishonim ignoring this practice, the Rambam for instance. But Rabbeinu Yona, brought in many achronim says a Yorei shomaim should do this, being that the ...


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In his Piskei Siddur, the Baal HaTanya writes that the hole the strings come out of should be more than the width of thumb from the corner of the garment. This is learned out from the fact that it says the strings should be "Al Kanfei" (On the corners) and not "In the corner". The Baal HaTanya learns out from the verse (Devarim 22:12) "גְּדִלִים, ...


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The single-Daled knot is made of a vertical and a horizontal strap, when looked at from the outside. The horizontal strap is woven around the vertical strap. The vertical strap goes straight down - but is S shaped. IOW it goes down, up again and then down again. But it's not twisted or tangled. To adjust the straps, you move the vertical strap. For ...


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משנה ברורה סימן יב:ז שאלה חוטי הציצית שנפסקו וחזר וקשרן אם מועיל מה שנעשו שלמים ע"י קשירה ומסקי האחרונים דדינא הכי אם מתחלה קודם שעשה הציצית מהחוטין נפסקו החוטין וקשרן בקשר קיימא ואח"כ עשה מהן ציצית כשר דקשירה הוי חיבור גמור וכן לאחר שנעשה בהכשר דהיינו אם נפסק ראש אחד לאחר הטלת הציצית בהבגד אף אם לא נשתייר בו כדי עניבה מהני לקשרו עתה ואף אם יפסק אח"כ ראש ...


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The strictest opinion is that any knot tied on shabbos has to be able to be untied with one pull. Most ways of tying a necktie can be untied with one pull provided the neck isn't inside the loop :).


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One may tie (and untie, not that you asked) any knot that isn't strong and is meant to be untied within twenty-four hours of its being tied. Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah 15:52, :55. (However, :58 seems to contradict this.) CYLOR for a final ruling, as always; in particular, SSK doesn't AFAICT indicate what's considered strong.


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It also reminds us that even the little things can be done in a Torah fashion. It is reminiscent of the halakha that states a Jew must even give up his life rather than tie his shoes in the non-Jewish manner, in a time of acute persecution.


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Without any sources or additional reasoning I've heard the following a few times said over by HaRav Shammai Gross Shlit"a (one of the Gedolei HaPoskim in Eretz Yisrael who had a kesher (no pun intendend) with R' Eliyashuv.) One time when they asked R' Eliyashuv if it's muter to use the twisty ties on Shabbos he said it was ossur. Another time they asked him ...


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Try: ספר תפלה למשה והוא אוצר הלכות הנחת תפילין ולבישת הציצית חובר בס"ד ע"י משה קרויזר


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If the knot is high up to the top and if it is about to be undone you can bring down lower but do not tighten it. Shulchan aruch harav hilchos tzizis


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (which brings from many different sources) gives very exact details on how to tie the knots for tzitzis. Yes, the minimum is one knot (and one chulya), but ideally there is a certain specific arrangement. The idea of tzitzis not being tangled is (to my understanding) primarily after the section of knots (which should be 1/3 of the ...


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Rav Shachter has said (and written in Nefesh HaRav) that Rav Soloveitchik consistently advised students to follow their father's minhagim, with two exceptions: (a) eating in the sukkah on shmini atzeret, and (b) the shape of the knot in the tefillin shel rosh, where he thought that the alternative view (i.e., not eating in the sukkah and the double dalet) ...


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The practice of tying a knot to find a lost object is found in wiccan practice , and may have originated in ancient Greek culture Furthermore, even if these foreign practice somehow snuck into Jewish forklore, doing 'spells' , or 'charms' , or anything of the sort, is inconsistent with the Torah: When you have come to the land the Lord, your G-d, is ...


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I think the standard when putting t'filin on another person is to put it on a right-handed person's left arm and a left-handed person's right arm irrespective of the handedness of the one putting it on him. Since the order of tying shoes is derived from the arm on which one puts t'filin, I propose that it depends on the handedness of the one wearing the ...


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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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This may be stretched logic, but: R' Tzvi Sobolofsky said in his children in halacha lecture, that a diaper is a kesher sh'aino shel kayama because it will be dirty and thus removed in less than 24 hrs. This seems to ignore the fact that the same closure, if left alone for 24 hrs would probably stay closed. So the same can be said of a tie. If you are in ...



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