Questions tagged [tzitzis]

Tzitzis or tzitzit are the fringes tied to the corners of four-cornered garments. For laws regarding those garments (also known as Tzitzis), see the [tallit-katan] tag.

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Garments that unintentionally require tzitzit

Have you ever encountered in the wild (i.e. owned, considered purchasing in a store, seen worn by an observant Jewish man) a garment that requires tzitzit but that was not made for them (i.e. not a ...
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Why do some people wear their tzitzis out for people to see, and others don't?

Why do some people wear their tzitzis strings out for people to see, and others don't?
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Tzitzis while exercising?

Does one need to wear tzitzis while exercising? Isn't it disrespectful to the tzitzis to make them all sweaty?
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Why is techeles not universally accepted?

The Machon Ptil Tekhelet has (to my mind) some pretty compelling arguments as to why the Murex Trunculus is very likely the genuine chilazon from which techeles (blue dye) for the mitzva of tzitzis is ...
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What to do with old ציצית

What do you do with old ציצית that do not fit anymore? Can you cut off the corners and throw the rest out respectfully?
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Kissing Tzitzis during Shema

There are those that kiss their Tzitzis during Shema at Shacharis as per Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 17:7 and the Kaf HaChaim 18 and there are those that do not. What is the source and reason for those that ...
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For a man, does any four-cornered garment require tzitzit?

As far as hilchot tzitzit are concerned, are there many instances where a Jewish man would be required to affix tzitzit to a garment other than a tallit katan or gadol? A few "for-instances" would ...
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Tztzis at night

Is there a Mitzvah of Tzitzis at night? If not, why do some people wear them at night?
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Why do people feel that there is a NEED to wear tzitzit?

There is a law in the torah (and the meforshiim afterwards) to attach tzitzit to all four cornered garments that you will wear. Ok. I understand that. But where did it come to pass that some people ...
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Why was the use of the tallit instituted as halacha?

This article implies that the mitzvah of wearing tzitzit is required only when one wears a four-cornered garment. If one never wore such a garment, one need not wear tzitzit at all. Citation: The ...
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Compelling arguments to support Techelet

I know a lot of arguments against the wearing Techelet from my research etc. and I would to now hear some arguments for the Techelet. Does anyone have any arguments that support the Techelet?
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Criteria for obligation to obligate oneself in mitzvot

Certain commandments are automatically obligatory, e.g., praying, reciting shema, eating matza on the first night of Passover, etc. Other commandments, however, seem to be obligatory only if one ...
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May one wear a tallit gadol with all four corners in front?

Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh - Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 8:26) states that one should wear one's tallit such that two corners are in front and two in back. Nevertheless, I have encountered no small number ...
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Boruch Sheomar - kissing the Tzitzis

The Mishna Berura Siman 51 :1 says that you should kiss the 2 front Tzitzis when you finish saying Boruch Sheomar. http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14170&st=&pgnum=155 1 - Why do we ...
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Is there a minimum size that a Tallis Kattan has to be?

Is there a minimum size that a Tallis Kattan has to be in order to be Yotzei the Mitzva of Tzitzis according to all Poskim? If there is a minimum size, what is it?
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What is the downside to wearing techeiles?

There are many Compelling arguments to support Techelet, although it's not yet universally accepted. A friend of mine bought P'til Tekhelet Murex techeiles, and went to his rabbi (who I know and ...
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Tzitzis In the Bathroom

Are you allowed to make Tzitzis In the Bathroom?
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Where are we commanded to wrap ourselves in Tzitzit?

When we put on a tallit, we say a blessing (copied from here) Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'...
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Dangling tzitzit

Do tzitzit need to dangle? Can one use some velcro to pin the strings down along the side of the beged so that they don't dangle down and get in the way of things?
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How sharp a corner for Tzitzit?

A piece of clothing requires Tzitzit to be placed on it if it has four corners. The Sifrei (234) states: כסותך, פרט לטגא ולתובלא ולתיבלטירים לתקרקים לבורסים לבורדסים לפי שאינם מרובעים:‏ "Thy ...
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Tzitzis on a Scarf

The Shulchan Aruch paskens that one who takes a long, rectangular cloth and wraps it up into a hat-like thing (similar to a turban) does not put tzitzis on it because it's a hat, not clothing (OC 10:...
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Tying tzitzis with two holes

When tying tzitzis with two holes (like a tzeray), do you loop all four strings through both holes or loop seven through one hole and the shamash through the second? (I believe Chabad puts seven ...
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Fake Techelet: invalidating the entire Tzitzit?

Let's say I use the pretty much disproven Techelet (Radzyner) : is my Tzitzit completely Pasul? I think according to the Arizal it isn't. Does anyone disagree?
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Why do we don a tallit before laying tefillin?

When it comes to determining the order in which different things happen, there are often rules. According to Zevachim 89a, there are two rules in particular: That which occurs more frequently takes ...
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List of Techelet Wearers

I was looking online for a list of people famous for deciding or influencing halacha, who currently wear Ptil Techelet Techelet ("Murex") However I could not find one. Does such a list exist? If not,...
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Why didn't the Kohanim wear Tzizis?

The Kohen Gadol wore 8 garments, and regular Kohanim wore 4. Why wasn't tzizis one of their required garments? Also, did they have to fulfill the mitzvah of tzizis before or after their daily service, ...
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Brachot on Tzitzit

As a continuation of this question (Tallit Katan and Tallit Brachot): My understanding is that when one takes off a Tallit Katan and then puts it back on, the bracha is not said again. What is the ...
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Connecting sides of tallit to avoid chiyuv tzitzit

If I have a coat that is slit up the side rov of the way up so that it is chayav in tzitzit, if I sew on some buttons (snap? regular?) to keep it closed below rov, is it no longer chayav in tzitzit, ...
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Origin of two customs on wearing the Talis after making the brocho

How do we wear the Talis Godol immediately after making the brocho? 1) There seems to be one method practised by those following German minhogim. Can someone give a source for it please? Is this ...
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Wear your tzitzis out or in? [duplicate]

There seems to be some misunderstanding/machlokes (disagreement) on how you should wear your tzitzis - with the strings sticking out or tucked in. What's the proper way?
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Why is it Ok to have tzizit without techelet?

The Mishna in Menachos 4:1 says that the mitzvah of the white tzizit is not gone if there is no techelet, and the mitzvah of the techelet is not gone if there is no white. That seems a straight ...
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May an Ashkenazi wear Yemenite Tzitzith?

Many Ashkenazim now wear Tzitzith with Techeleth tied in the tradition of the RaMBa"M. However, my understanding is that Ashkenazim minimally require a double-knot at the base of the tassle in order ...
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What is the significance of the different windings on tzitzit's?

The Ashkenazic form of windings are 7, 8, 11 and 13. What is the significance for these numbers? The Sephardic form of windings are 10, 5, 6 and 5. What is the significance for these numbers?
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If a person voids a purchase/sale, what happens to the Bracha?

You buy a new Talis and after you wear it you notice a defect. You want to return it to the store for a refund or replacement. However a person is only obligated in Tzitzis if he owns or borrows the ...
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Is it better to wear wool tzitzis?

Is it better halachikally (according to jewish law) to have the beged (garment) of your tzitzis to be made from wool as opposed to cotton? Is it a chumrah?
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Sliding tzitzis knot on Shabbos

Many times, for those who have two double knots with eight strings in each knot (i.e. not following the opinion of the Rambam), the knot starts to come loose often, sometimes even several times a day. ...
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Keeping tzitzit knots from coming undone

The last knot on the tzitzit on my talit keep coming loose. I pull the string to tighten the knot, and three days later it starts to unravel again. Any ideas on how I can make the knots stay tight and ...
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Why do some pairs of Tzitzit have one hole on each corner and some have two?

There are Tzitzit that have one hole and some have two. What is the significance of the multiple holes? Whose custom is it to have one? Whose custom is it to have two?
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Cutting tzitzis strings

I'm pretty sure I once saw the Mishna Brura talk about how it's best not to cut tzitzis with metal and that there's a custom to cut tzitzis strings with your teeth. But now, although I keep searching ...
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Kissing tzitzit for full shma during "leolam yehey"

If one begins shacharit near sof zman kriat shema and is concerned that he not be able to say shema before sof zman kriat shema, he is supposed to say "full shema" during leolam yehey in the begining ...
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Kissing tzitzit for maariv

Why don't we kiss the tzitzit during the Vayomer section of shma of maariv? I would think we would since we are reading the same text as we do for shacharit.
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Tcheiles on Shabbos

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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Why do we cut the tzitzit out of a tallit for a dead person?

I have seen that when one of our community elder died and when they put on tallit they cut out the tzitzit part and let him put only the garment. Why is this done to a dead person? Is there a source ...
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When we say "עַל צִיצִת הַכָּנָף" at which point do we kiss the tzitzis?

When we say Krias Shema, the widespread custom (referred to in OC 24 (4) Rema), is to kiss the tzitzis when we say the word, “צִיצִת”. When we come to the words, עַל צִיצִת הַכָּנָף (which Singer ...
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Little knots of wool on the bottom/side of the Tzitzit

On most Tallitot and Sephardi Tallitot Ketanot there are little knots on the bottom or side. What are they? Why are they there? What are their significance?
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What is considered a four-cornered garment?

The commandment to attach tzitzit to the four corners of our garments is a Torah obligation, as per Bamidbar 15:38 and Devarim 22:12. Our Sages of blessed memory ruled that a garment that does not ...
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Sefardic contemporaries for Techelet?

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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Arguments FOR Radzyner Techeiles

Mostly everyone agrees that the organization Ptil Tekhelet most likely uses the real techeiles and that Radzyner techeiles is unfortunately not the real deal. But I'm asking what are the arguments ...
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How does one dispose of Tzitzis?

I was always told that if a single string falls off your Tzitzis you should put it in a Sefer so that it will end up in Shamis. My question is: Does anyone know a source for this?
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Are there opinions who say you can't wear all four tzitzit in front, as the Temanim do?

Are there opinions who say you can't wear all four tzitzit in front, as the Temanim do? Please bring sources. Thank you!!