I recently came into possession of a 4-cornered garment with tzitziyos attached to its corners that was previously owned (although not necessarily worn or endorsed) by a non-Conservative member of a Conservative synagogue.

There were four sections of windings, with approximately 4-6-10-12 winds respectively. (It is often hard to tell if a circuit is complete when they don't start and end at the same axial place.) The sections were made by winding two strings around rather than one.

This method of tying is one I've never seen before and I wanted to know if it is an identifiable minhag, and if it is indeed the standard Conservative method of tying.

  • FWIW, that's not what the loaner talitot in the Conservative shul where I daven weekdays look like. – Monica Cellio Sep 22 '13 at 2:02
  • it can also be that the person who made those tzizts has no clue how to properly affix them onto to the talis – sam Jan 20 '17 at 18:20

It sounds like either a mistake in your counting of the wraps or a mistake on the person who tied the tzitzis. The Conservative Movement uses the traditional Ashkenazi minhag for tzitzis, which has 7, 8, 11, 13 wrap method.

  • are you conservative? – TwoOs Sep 29 '20 at 9:09
  • @TwoOs My sister is. The thing with tzitzis is it's really up to personal preference in the end. Sure, there's minhag, but nothing major is stopping an Ashkenazi from tying like a Sefardi or like Rambam, etc. I'm sure there are Conservative Jews of Sefardi background who tie their tzitzis the Sefardi way. But since the Conservative Jewish Movement started in Eastern Europe, and Ashkenazim are more prevalent in America where Conservative Judaism is most prominent, most tie like the regular Ashkenazi minhag. – ezra Sep 30 '20 at 16:05

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