Does the Mishna Berura rule on the way to tie Tekhelet and the number of Tekhelet strings to use? If so, could you please provide a citation and quote/translation? Thank you.

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The Mishnah Berurah 9:7 mentions 2 strings of white and 2 strings of techeles this is the opinion of many rishonim(Rashi,Tosfos, Rosh,Itur,etc...).

ז(ז) בזמן הזה - פי' דבזמן שהיה תכלת שהיה צריך להטיל ד' חוטין שני חוטי לבן ושני חוטי תכלת (הוא צמר צבוע בדם חלזון) והיה מתקיים עי"ז המצות ציצית כראוי התירה לנו התורה להטיל השנים של לבן בין מצמר או מפשתים בין בבגד צמר או בבגד פשתים ולהי"א שזכר רמ"א בס"א דכל מיני בגדים חייבין מדאורייתא אפילו בהם היה אז מותר לנו מן התורה ציצית של צמר ופשתים יחדיו אבל עכשיו דאין לנו תכלת נמצא דאין אנו מקיימין המצוה בשלמותה לא שרי לן כלאים:

A list of those who hold 2 of white and 2 of techeiles(A list I compiled a while ago):

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    Well Rav Belsky wore 2 and 2. Rav Hershel Shachter wears 2 and 2 as well. The Gra mentions all 3 shittos (half,1,and 2),but in his halachic work Biur Hagra he mentions 2 and 2. It seems that talmidei chachmim who went through sugya and are ashkanaz do in fact wear 2 and 2 .
    – sam
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 13:12
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    @Akiva___ It is. The Beiur HaGra is just discussing the implied opinion of the Shulchan Arukh. These lists are misleading since most of these people are just copying someone else. To say "talmidei chachmim who went through sugya and are ashkanaz do in fact wear 2" is quite the overstatement. It's more like: a lot of late rabbis who didn't even try to paskin this at-the-time-irrelevant issue copied the opinion of someone famous they'd read without thinking about it, and then some modern rabbis decided we must follow Mishna Berura because that's what they know how to say.
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 18:01
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    @Akiva___ The Gra decided that the Tannaitic material (sifra and zohar) supports 1 blue 3 white and thus ruled that way, deciding the girsa of 2/2 was mistaken. (And he's probably right.) That's how you have to approach a sugya that hasn't been live in 2000 years if you want to make a Psak (capital P)
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 18:07
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    @Akiva___ To be fair sam probably disagrees with what I said. But, hey, that's Judaism for you
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 18:39
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    @Akiva___ - I can tell you why I did. I am not sure enough that murex is the chilazon to risk fulfilling lavan in the usual Ashkenazi minhag. If I wear Rambam strings, I know my only string that isn't white / matching the garment is definitely one that is being worn to round out the count of 8 rather than being worn as lavan. I doubt this is the popular reason, though. Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 19:12

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