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In the response to List of Techelet Wearers it mentions a few Gedolim that wear Tzitzis of Techeiles on Shabbos only. Why would there be a difference between Shabbos and the rest of the week?

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    I just spoke to Rav Herschel Shachter Shelit"a and he quoted a Gemara Shabbat that says that Rav Yehuda Bar Ilai used to wear his special garment of Techelet for Shabbat, but he also said that he obviously used to wear it during the week. He told me if possible to wear it during the week also. Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 15:52

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I can come up with a few reasons of why to only wear it on Shabbat.

  1. You wear the best clothing on Shabbat. Techelet is Expensive, and to wear it every day might be too expensive to clean properly or to buy extra garments. However, on Shabbat you need to wear your best, so you buy a set of techelet for Shabbat.

  2. They only bought one set of Techelet strings, and wanted it to be attached to their favorite talit/jacket.

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    I agree with @GershonGold, but +1 for number 1, which makes a lot of sense to me. (Number 3 seems a duplicate of it, actually. Buying only one and putting it on Shabas clothes is the same as wearing only on Shabas the only one you've bought. No?)
    – msh210
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 17:51
  • 1 I meant lehtichila only buying it for shabbat, and 3 I meant Bdeived, he only bought 1 set.
    – avi
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:00
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    What sources do you want for "I can come up with"? :)
    – avi
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:01
  • @GershonGold Good point about 2. Deleted. When I wrote "I can come up with" I meant, that I scoured my brain and tried to come up with excuses.
    – avi
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:10
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    @GershonGold Although, now that I think on it, I was told recently that the rabbi of one congregation in New York makes fun of his congregants that wear techelet on the tzizit katan but not on the tzizit gadol on shabbat. There might be some source related to that.
    – avi
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 19:46
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I know a rabbi who only wears on Shabbat because he thinks it's a reasonable chumra but he doesn't want his kids to grow up thinking that we have a mesora for techelet so he only wears on his Shabbat/Yom Tov Tallit Gadol. As for why then, he said that Shabbat is a traditional time to be more makpid on certain chumrot (for instance, putting salt on the bread that we eat).

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  • I never understood how it could be a Chumra...Isn't it either an Aseh or nothing? Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 19:51
  • @HachamGabriel, would you also say "I don't understand how eating at others' houses on Pesach can be frowned upon due to chumra. Isn't it chametz or nothing?"?
    – msh210
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 20:50
  • @msh210 I don't see how this is similar. Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 21:02
  • @HachamGabriel, would you say about any chumra that's based on a mitzva "I don't understand.... Isn't it a mitzva or nothing?"?
    – msh210
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 21:20
  • @msh210 No, because this to me is all or nothing. That's how I understand it. Maybe someone can explain otherwise. Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 21:25
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There is a famous "brisker chumra" to be worried about the position of the Ba'al HaMa'or who said that tzitzit are only kosher if they have the blue and the white (just white is just not good enough) and refrain from wearing their tzitzit outside without an eruv as according to him, the tzitzit are invalid and you would thereby in fact be carrying the strings for no reason! Maybe some people wear techelet on shabbat so they don't have to worry for this opinion.

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Well, for one of the Rabbanim- Rabbi Meir Mazuz Shelit"a it is because he wants to show that it is not a Hiyuv.

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    How does wearing it on Shabbos show it is not a Chiyuv? Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 15:59
  • Because if he were to wear it all week than people would think it is set-in-stone chiyuv, but if only wears it once a week than it's not a hiyuv. Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 16:04
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    Then why wear it at all? And why Davka on Shabbos? Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 16:05
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    Why even once a week? Why not every Rosh Chodesh? What is the significance of once a week? Why not Mondays and Thursdays? If anything wearing it on Shabbos shows he holds that it is L'Chatchila or else it may be considered carrying. Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 16:13
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    I really don't why. I am just speculating. You have good points. You can ask at kisse-r.co.il Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 16:15

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