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Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 8:11) states that the tallis katan should be worn over one's clothes, "so that he will always see it and remember the mitzvos." Magen Avraham (subsec. 13) comments that kesavim ([Kabbalistic] writings) say that it should specifically be worn under one's clothes, but he says that nonetheless the actual tzitzis should be left ...


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Most of those people who don't accept the Machon Ptil Tekhelet's research and reasons do so because they are of the opinion that once a Mesorah has been lost, we can not get it back/reinstate it until Moshiach comes. Incidentally, I believe Rav Kook ZT"L was also of that opinion.


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If you honestly believe that you are wearing true tekhelet then you are not in violation of the Gemara (BM 61b). If your tekhelet turns out to be false tekhelet, then you will have only fulfilled the mitzvah of tzitzit but not the aspect of tekhelet, as the Gemara (Men. 40a) explains is the case for one who unwittingly wore kela ilan - see my article "False ...


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A Mexican Poncho. Usually a large square of woven wool with a hole in the middle for the head to go through. Those almost certainly need tzitzis.


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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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No, they do not need to dangle. Many rabbis, including my Rosh Yeshiva, tuck their tzitzit under their belt to keep them neat and prevent them from ripping on nearby objects. In addition, letting them dangle could be considered "undignified" and "shlumpy." Rabbi Menachem Posner of Chabad recommends "tucking them under your belt and then into your pants ...


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Person. You don't need to have tzitzit on a tallit that you keep in a drawer. Source: Talmud Menachot 41. See also Rambam Hil. Tzitzit 3:10-11, Shulchan Aruch OC 19:1


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Wearing Tzitzit in has its source in Sha'ar HaKavvanot 7b(it is also found in the language of the Tur Siman 8). Rav Ovadya Hedayya ZTz"L writes in Yaskil Avdei 5:3 and in 8:2 extended Teshuvot for wearing tzitzit tucked in. The first is al pi halakha and the second is more al pi sod. Rav Ovadiah Yosef Shlita also writes an extended Teshuva to that effect ...


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Rav Yoel Bin Nun famously slit the slides of his suit jacket rov open and attached tzitzit (with techelet) because he wants to be yotzei the mitzvah on his regular beged as is likely the intention of the pasuk. Source: I've seen him!


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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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The Gemara (Bava Metzia 61b) speaks pretty harshly about "one who attaches kala ilan [indigo] to his garment and claims that it's techeiles." Since, as Shalom noted, the identity of techeiles is in fact uncertain (I've heard of at least three different opinions what creature it comes from), that may be reason enough to avoid using what might be the wrong ...


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A man is not required to attach tzitzit to a borrowed garment during the first 30 days that he borrows the garment. (Shulchan Aruch OC 14:3, Kaf HaHayyim 14:14). If he borrows the garment regularly, but not for more than 30 days at a time, then you start counting the 30 days all over again each time he borrows it anew (Rema OC 14:3). Additionally, if the ...


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This story is told in Talmud Menachos (44a) about one of R' Chiya's students. The story ends up with them both doing teshuva and subsequently marrying each other. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/530129/jewish/In-the-Words-of-the-Sages.htm


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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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First off: if you exercise at night it's a moot issue, as the mitzva of tzitzis is only in the daytime. "Need" is a strong word. The strict obligation is to put fringes on any four-cornered garment I may happen to wear. No four-cornered garment, no obligation. We tend to think of tzitzis as a special ritual garment (like tefilin), when in fact for ...


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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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Like most time-bound (day-only), "yes-do" mitzvas, women are not obligated to wear tzitzis. The opinion of some (Targum Yonasan Devarim 22:5) is that all tzitzis inherently fall under the prohibited category of "mens's garb", thus a woman would not be allowed to wear them. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe OC 4:49) and others rule otherwise, that they are ...


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I can't answer #1, but why the 2 front ones: a- The Mechaber (S.A. O.C. 24:5) brings that when you look at your tzitzis, you should look at the two front ones which has 10 knots alluding to the ten sefiros, and 10 knots + 16 strings = 26, alluding to the shem havaya. In 61:25 he says to handle the 2 front ones when saying urisem oso as well. b- The ...


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The Rambam says that using the wrong techelet makes the tzitzit pasul. Additionally, if you don't use techelet at all you fulfill the mitzvah. Simply not a gamble worth taking - it's already a mitzvah in the bank. Mishna Torah - Hilchot Tzitzit- chapter 2, halacha 1: The term techelet when used regarding tzitzit refers to a specific dye that remains ...


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Look in Mogen Avraham sif katan 18 and Shulchan Aruch Harav (11:24) where it says that one should not cut Tzitzis with metal (like a Mizbeyach (Altar)) but cut them with his teeth. It's also in the Mishna Brura s"k 61


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An incomplete list: R' Meir Mazuz (on Shabbat) - source R' Herschel Schachter R' Yisroel Belsky (when wearing a long frock coat to cover it) R' Abraham Twerski (source) R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg R' Simcha Kook R' David bar Hayim R' Yehoshua Buch R' Yoel Bin-Nun (only on his suit-jacket) R' Moshe David Tendler (source) R' Tzvi Hersh Weinreb (source) R' ...


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There is no Miswa of Sisit at night (see Rabenu Behaye to Numbers 15:38-39).


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To address your first question, the Shulchan Aruch HaRav Orach Chaim 24:4 quotes the Magen Avraham 24:1 (who is quoting the Kitvei Ha-AriZal) to the effect that when one gets to Parshat Tzitzit one should hold the Tzitzit in his hand and look at them until he gets to "נֶאֱמָנִים וְנֶחֱמָדִים לָעַד". Then he should kiss them and remove them from his hand. ...


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In SHU"T SHOEL UMASHIV he answers that according to the MORDECHAI only when a garment is worn in a way of clothing (DERECH LIVISHA) is one obligated in Tzitzis. The SHUT of the MARSHAM adds that Tzitzis are meant to surround one on four sides so you could see them when looking in every one of the 4 directions. A blanket does not have that, which might be ...


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HaRav Binyomin Zilber zt"l wrote a responsum on this question to a rosh yeshiva in the US a few decades ago (see Az Nidberu 2, 55). He brings various Rishonim and for the most part says they should keep their tzitzis on, but doesn't discuss the issue of sweat. The question was posed in terms of discomfort on the basketball court. Although elsewhere HaRav ...


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An interesting thread about the subject can be found here : Wearing your Tztzis out?


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



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