Ben of Ben's Tallit Shop
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Nov
12
comment Stripes on a Talis
Today's Belz talleisim are dark blue (Talitania) talitnia.co.il/… or super dark blue (Mishkan Hatchelet) tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/belz-tallis. Could be a machlokes manufacturers in how to interpret the Rambam.
Nov
12
comment May one wear a tallit gadol with all four corners in front?
My understanding is that there is a big difference between wearing a tallis bunched up on your neck (or an 18" wide tallis), and wearing it wrapped around the arms like Yemenites and Yekkes. I think just sitting on the neck and hanging in front is clearly not ituf, whereas you could certainly make a good case for a tallis that wraps around your shoulders and arms and then comes in front. In fact, in some ways it's easier to understand this form of ituf than the more common one with two tzitzis in back.
Nov
12
comment May the Tallit Katan be worn directly on the body?
I cannot imagine the Arizal wearing a tallis katan not made of wool, and I cannot imagine him wearing wool against his skin. (I once told a customer a certain tallis katan product I sell is made of very soft wool. They thought that meant it could be worn against the skin. It turns out they were from New Zealand, where they make super high quality, super soft Merino wool, which apparently can be worn against the skin. But still, I don't think that's what the Arizal had in his dresser drawer.)
Sep
13
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Jun
15
answered Why is techeles not universally accepted?
Jun
15
comment Who hechshers P'til Tekhelet?
Just for the record, they also dye niputz lishmah tzitzit, which are not made in-house. I can't remember which company supplies them with niputz lishmah strings.
Jun
15
comment List of Techelet Wearers
I saw Rav Berl Wein with techelet (tied Rambam) on his tallis gadol. I didn't notice whether he had it on his tallis katan.
Jun
10
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Jun
10
comment Yemenite shofar not from sheep
The above quote and a a few more opinions on the use of the kudu/Yemenite shofar can be found here. shofar-sounder.com/history-of-the-kudu-shofar
Jan
14
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Jan
14
answered Significance to the number of stripes on a tallis?
Jan
14
comment Where can I get this tallit?
I know the owners. They're frum. They're actually in Elad now. Started out selling STaM in Bnei Brak.
Jan
14
answered Tallit pattern archive
Sep
30
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Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
23
answered Thin or Thick Strings for tzitzit?
Dec
12
comment Can a non-Jew don tefillin?
Also, it seems to me that a distinction should be drawn between tallit and tefillin. We don't sell tefillin to a non-Jew because we don't trust him to be careful enough when it comes to kedushas tefillin, but the Gemara gives a very different reason (really two reasons) not to sell a tallit to a non-Jew (see Menachos 43a).
Dec
12
comment Can a non-Jew don tefillin?
I'm very curious about this issue. If a ger is required to wear tefillin starting on the day of his conversion, how can he do the mitzvah if he's wholly unfamiliar with it.
Dec
9
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Dec
9
comment Rambam Tzitzith: 7 or 13 chulyoth?
@CharlesKoppelman and WAF - I am, indeed, the owner. We tie a lot of Rambam, usually 7 chulyoth. The quotation you cited was based on a Yemenite Yid down the street, who did not sound so authoritative, so I wrote that, but I'm not sure it's accurate.