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If I am replacing the tzizit on a begged and I use different thincknesses of strings for different corners, is it okay to wear such a begged? Specifically, if 2 corners have thin, dak strings and 2 have thick, aveh strings, is there any problem wearing it because of the inconsistency in the appearance?

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  • What do you mean "2 corners have thin and 2 have thick"?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 18:17
  • If I am in the middle of taking off old tzizis which are thin, and am replacing them with thick strings, but I didn’t have enough time to switch them all, so the talit has 2 new (thick) and 2 old (thin) attached
    – Eman
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 19:43
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    – msh210
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 20:48

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Good question.

Although switching the old tzitzit for new is a good thing as we find in Yabia Omer 3 Yoreah Deah 18:5, שו”ת חינא דחיי סימן יט, and the Levush who all write that it is allowed and even praise worthy to switch the old ones to new ones. This question is also related to having different lengths of strings in the tzitzit and I'll explain why. In both the Magen Avraham Orach Chaim Siman 11:14 and the Mishneh Beruah Siman 11 Seif Katan 68 they quote the Rosh who says, שיהיו כל החוליות בשוה שזהו נוי ציצית, that all the strongs should be equal in length because that's the beauty of the tzitzit. We see that having the length of the strings should be equal, to show the beauty of the tzitzit which is similar to the concept of זה א-לי ואנוהו. There should be no difference with regard to the thickness because it would be the same halacha, and we would apply the above idea. Therefore it seems to be okay to wear such a begged, but you should be aware of this concept of זה אלי ואנוהו. I’m not telling you what you should do, but making you aware of the details of your case, so please ask your LOR.

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Seems like it should be fine. Meikkar Hadin (letter of law), I believe the Mishna Berurah writes in Hilchot Tzitzit that you can even have different Shitot (ways of tying) on the different corners. All the more so just to have different sizes! However, different methods of tying is not recommended per the Poskim.

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    make sure that there is no problem of Taaseh Vlo min Heasuy though- ask a Rabbi. Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 3:49
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    Thanks for the answer. can you add sources? Where is the mishna berurah? Which poskim don't recommend different ways of tying (where do they say that?)
    – Binyomin
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 5:40
  • I'm not sure I see the connection between different ways of tying and different size strings. How does that rule prove anything about our case?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 11:01
  • Different ways of trying usually have different sizes of strings at least somewhat, and it seems like much more of a difference between the corners than this case. Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 13:23

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