Are there any Sefardic Poskim today that have written a book and discuss the Techelet? If so, can you bring one that is FOR the Techelet?

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    Are you looking for a book by a Sephardi author or a book about techelet written in the Sephardi tradition of psak?
    – Double AA
    Jan 1, 2012 at 5:19
  • I am looking for any Sefardic contemporary that endorses the Techelet they have nowadays. Jan 1, 2012 at 5:21
  • I assume you mean murex trunculus, not cuttlefish.
    – sq33G
    Jan 1, 2012 at 13:30
  • @sq33g yes..... Jan 1, 2012 at 13:49
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    @avi That list is not a list of rabbis who wear or endorse P'til Tekhelet. It is a list of rabbis who have written on the subject within the past half century or so, with a link to what they wrote.
    – Seth J
    Jan 5, 2012 at 15:56

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Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef states (resp. Rishon LeZion OC §1) that after some have concluded upon thorough examinations that we have today authentic techeles, if one wants to wear them [concealed] then there is an element of hiddur.

Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu (written source cited here by his son R. Shmuel Eliyahu) did not personally wear techeles but held it was permitted to wear.

Rabbi Shalom Messas writes in a resp. dated from 2003 (Shemesh U'magen vol. 4 OC §24:3) that since the majority of rabbis do not wear techeles "since it is not extant" therefore it is better to refrain from putting on something that is certainly not techeles.

Rabbi Meir Mazuz discussed techeles in numerous lectures (transcribed in 'Bayit Neeman') and a couple of times answered questions regarding it in the pamphlet 'Peninei HaParsha'. He has said that on Shabbos he wears techeles on his talit gadol (and explains his practice that he does so because 1) it's fairly "new" and should be slowly broken into, and 2) if he wore every day it'd look as if he's speaking against earlier authorities who didn't wear at all). In another response (printed in the PH) to an inquiry if it's recommended to wear techeles, he replies that even though we aren't certain about its authenticity at least we know (today) 80% that it is and so when in doubt of a biblical commandment we are stringent.


Moreinu Rav Eliyahu Ben-Haim (Rosh Av Beth Din Queens and Rosh Yeshiva at YU) strongly holds of the Techeles, and he himself wears on his Tallit Kattan and Gadol.

On YUTorah you can hear many of his comments in regard to the wearing of the Techeles.

  • Can you link to a particularly relevant recording of his there?
    – Double AA
    Mar 3, 2019 at 20:54
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    I added a link to the rabbi's list of lectures on YUTorah. If you have a better link (e.g. to a specific lecture where he talks about this) feel free to further edit.
    – Alex
    Mar 3, 2019 at 20:54

HaRav HaGaon Meir Mazuz Shelit"a (Mekor Ne'ema sim. 35). He writes that it "kedai-worthwhile" but not "mehuyav-obligatory" therefor he only wears it on Shabbat.

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    Why Shabas as opposed to, say, Tuesday?
    – msh210
    Jan 9, 2012 at 5:33
  • @msh210 I'm not really sure. Jan 9, 2012 at 14:01
  • @msh210 I think it is because you are supposed to wear your nice clothes on Shabbes (when I asked Rav Herscehl Schechtar Shalit"a in person he told he may this citing a Gemara in Shabbes). Feb 10, 2012 at 20:00
  • @msh210 see my answer; R. Mazuz himself explains why.
    – Oliver
    Oct 20, 2017 at 16:34
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    R' Mazuz wrote a while back in his Bayit Ne'eman that he "upgraded" to wearing tekhelet everyday.
    – Lee
    Mar 3, 2019 at 22:44

I could not find a source that tells you that a particular Rabbi says that Sephardim can wear Techelet, however there a plethora of websites which teach tying Tzitzit, both with and without Techelet, for both Ashkinaz and Sephard people. This seems to indicate that there is some sort of minhag which says Ashkanazim wear Tzitzit with and without Techelet and Sephardim wear Tzitzit with and without Techelet. Sorry I couldn't find you the actual source.

  • The Rambam and the Raavad provided instructions on how to configure and tie tzitzit including techelet. The Sephardi-oriented instructions are presumably based on these.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 4, 2012 at 21:35
  • No, @IsaacMoses I'm not how to tie them, I am asking if there are any Sefardic rabbis (poskim that wrote books) today that endorse the Techelet. Jan 4, 2012 at 22:00
  • @HachamGabriel, I realize that. I'm providing some explanation about why Sephardi-oriented instructions for how to tie exist.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 4, 2012 at 22:02
  • @IsaacMoses yeah but I would think we would follow the Shulhan Aruch. Jan 6, 2012 at 2:37
  • @HachamGabriel No one follows the shulchan arukh. People think they tie according to it, but they don't.
    – Aaron
    Jul 4, 2017 at 7:12

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