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Dec
4
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
25
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.
Nov
24
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.
Nov
16
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.
Nov
12
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.
Nov
12
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
12
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
12
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.
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.)
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
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
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.
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
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.
Dec
9
comment Little knots of wool on the bottom/side of the Tzitzit
Makes sense. But that would mean they are largely superfluous if you wear a tallis katan with a T-opening in front.
Jun
18
comment What's the story with “undershirt Tzitzis”?
As I recall, HaRav Binyomin Zilber zt"l addresses this question in Az Nidberu, and he learns that a t-shirt tzitzit is more problematic because it's not just liable to absorb sweat, but is made to absorb sweat. Also, it should be noted that what are referred to commercially as "t-shirt tzitzit" vary dramatically in design. Some of them are mamash like a t-shirt, while others are close to a traditional cotton tallis katan, only they are designed to stay in place better.