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comment Halachic Justifications for the Amshinover Rebbe
To say you can't daven with kavana until around noon doesn't make sense to me. If you need a lot of prep time, get up early. I'm wondering if maybe he needs a lot of prep time and CAN'T get up early, simply because he goes to sleep late. About 20 years ago, my sister wanted to go to him for a bracha. She needed me to come because he didn't accept women visitors without a male escort. I didn't oblige her request because the appt. was at 2:00 am or 3:00 am. In avodas Hashem there are a lot of things you can get done in the wee hours of the night. Rav Eliashiv zt"l also made use of that fact.
Nov
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comment Thin or Thick Strings for tzitzit?
Noach, I'm not going to quote you prices on a forum, you'd have to contact me directly. But I'm wondering if you could provide me with references to places where it's discussed on Mi Yodaya. I have heard that the producers of tzitzit t-shirts (not undershirts) brought samples to at least two gedolim and they had no problem with it. I once brought one to a local moreh hora'ah and he felt that the Mishneh Berurah would definitely matir snaps. I'm assuming what you have in mind is snaps or buttons along the sides of a standard wool tallis katan. If they are just high up, it's not even a sheilah.
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comment M'Doraisa how many strings of tzitzis does one need?
Yeshoshua - MiD'oreisa you need to have a knot and windings. There's a safek whether the critical knot is at the top or the bottom. Most hold that it's the top knot. According to some opinions Rambam knots may not have a din of the required knot, so those who do not have a mesora from the Rambam might be choshesh and add a double knot, or even one at the top and another at the bottom, to play it safe. Another answer is that it's simply more pragmatic to make a double knot before you start tying the chulyoth. I'm pretty sure most Temanim tie a double knot before the chulyoth.
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answered Bracha on jalapeño peppers?
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answered Why do we still blow shofar during mussaf?
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asked Blue Stripes on Tallis
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comment Cleaning Tzitzis
@gavriel It's called FringeGuard in English and is available online. tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/magen-tzitzit-fringeguard Disclosure: I own the webstore in the link.
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asked Noah - Feeding the Animals
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answered Does a tallis have to be of a certain color?
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answered Tzitzit Knot Problem
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answered M'Doraisa how many strings of tzitzis does one need?
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answered Cutting the Strands of ציצת
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comment Markup in retail, are these examples kosher?
I've also noticed that a lot of my competitors, especially US-based online vendors, have much higher prices than we do. Here are a few possible reasons to be lomed zechus: 1) Import taxes. 2) Need to keep a large stock. 3) Mishkan Hatchelet is the manufacturer, whereas Keter is a distributor. 4) Mishkan Hatchelet has just a rudimentary website; I doubt they provide much service in English. 5) Keter spends money on US marketing. In Israel, Mishkan Hatchelet relies largely on its reputation and the presence of its outlet stores. 6) Keter is in NY. Mishkan spends much less on rent in Be'er Sheva.
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answered Tzitzis: does the same string need to be used for all windings?
Nov
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comment Can I wear a tallit gadol without an atara
I wouldn't say "usually." A tallit lining is not uncommon, but certainly the majority of talleisim come without a lining. Various chassidic talleisim (Chabad, Belz, Echt Turkish, Kmo Turkish) come with a lining, and I know of one tallis made by Talitania that comes with a lining, but on most standard traditional wool talleisim the lining is an add-on option.
Nov
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comment What's the reason behind having an additional atara on the middle of the talis gadol?
The original tallis design, with no atara and a lining, is preserved in today's Chabad talleisim. The Belz tallis has both a lining and a plain satin atara with no design at all. tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/chassidic-tallis My assumption is that they, too, are trying to avoid having the atara steal the limelight from the tallis and tzitzis. I wrote about the atara issue here. tallit-shop.com/chabad-tallis-why-no-atara
Nov
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comment Why is the atara on a tallis always the same design?
The trend toward heterogeneousness in the charedi velt is certainly palpable, but the blame should not fall exclusively on tallis consumers. Today pretty much every atara on every traditional wool tallis made by the two leading tallis manufacturers (Talitania and Mishkan Hatchelet) is identical. It bothered me so much that I went and sewed an all-wool atara from a "Beit Yosef Talit" on my own Shabbos tallis.