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The best way to wash a wool tallit katan is by hand washing it. Washing machines and dryers can severely mess up a wool tallit katan if you're not careful. I would suggest hand washing the tallit katan in a mild fragrance-free hypoallergenic detergent, in cold/warm (not hot) water, and then hang it out to dry. If you have a trusted dry-cleaner, some have ...


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I think your questions reverses things. We wear a tallit because we want the mitzva of tzitzit. Therefore we look for a garment which is obligated in the mitzva, i.e., has four corners (MT Hilchot Tzitzit 3:1) The reason we want the mitzva of tzitzit is that it is an important mitzva. In the words of the Rambam (Hilchot Tzitzit 3:12) since the Torah ...


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Pri Megadim, Orach Chaim siman 9: stripes are to remind us of the techelet.


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They are still woolen. Since tallitot and tzitziot are under strict supervision, they are (wrongly?) assumed to be safe. Source: My uncle, a Toldos Aharon chassid.


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I have never heard of a need to wear the same pair of tzizit for 24 hours. The assumption lends itself to a lot of questions and suffice it to say that the question would be enhanced if you can ask this bachor to provide sources for his statement. As to your question if you can wear a pair of tzizit specifically for bed and change in the morning before the ...


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The blessing is said immediately before putting on the Talit Katan. Code of Jewish Law Siman 9:8: Regarding all mitzvos, one recites the blessing upon the mitzvah preceding its performance. This means that the blessing should be made prior to carrying out the mitzvah and immediately after one recites the blessing, one must do the mitzvah, without any ...


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Yes, you can wear a Tallis/Tzitzis since the Tallis itself has no holyness, it is just an instrument of a Mitzva (תשמישי מצווה) furthermore, the fear for companionship with a Jew (שמא יתלווה לישראל בדרך) is also not relevant since we are talking about a proselyte who intends to join Kehal Hashem. See further info in details in Mishnat Hager (Ch. 1, 32). ...


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Yaskil Avdi (vol. 8 Orah Haim 2) writes that the reason the Sisit should be under the Begadim is because the Arizal writes that the Talit Katan is בחינת זעיר אנפין בהיותו בעיבור (represents a fetus in its mother's womb) and the Talit Gadol is כנגד זמן לדתו והגדלתו (represents the time of its birth and growing up) and therefore the Sisit Katan musn't be seen ...


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The question revolves around whether or not you were מסיח דעת - a mental interruption or not. This question is a dispute among the poskim as to what is considered a hesech hadaas. The Shulchan Aruch (סימן ח' סי"ד) says ואם פשט טליתו אפילו היה דעתו לחזור ולהתעטף בו מיד צריך לברך כשיחזור ולהתעטף בו. If one took his Tallis off, even if he had in mind to ...


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Indeed, perhaps a functionless tallit is not obligated in tzitzit. This seems to have been the opinion of R. Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, at least: Shilhi Dekayta Siman 8 וכששטחתי את גליונות הספר קמיה מורי הגר"ח קניבסקי שליט"א אמר הגר"ח שגם לדעתו אכן צריכים הנאת לבישה מהציצית וכן מוכח ממנהג החזו"א זצ"ל שהורה שלא לילך בקיץ כציצית מצמר למרות שלדעת חלק ...


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The Beit Yosef (OC 9), the great collector of Rishonim's opinions, cites two opinions that require Tzitzit by Torah law only on wool and linen: the Rambam (Tzitzit 3:1) and the Rif (Tzitzit 14a). He then cites Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam, Ri, Mordechai, Semag (ie a lot of Ashkenazi Rishonim), Tur and Rosh who wonders how the former two opinions could rule that way, ...


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Another factor for some people is that thick is a bit easier to tie -- for me, at least. For those of you who are debating between thin and thick, you can also find medium thickness online. For a long time this was very hard to find outside of Geula (the frum shopping district in Jerusalem), and even there it was a bit scarce: one company was somewhat ...


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Tsitsit is a Mitsva written in the Torah for men wearing some clothes fulfilling conditions of form and composition. Kippa is a custom linked to good character and humility. Both are excellent. As you can place Tefilin without Tsitsit and Brit milah without Tefilin, the lack of Kippa does not prevent the Mitsvat Tsitsit. It is obvious. Maybe I will add later ...


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Mois Navon of the Ptil Tekhelet Organization offers video tutorials via YouTube for tying the various methods of tzitzit with techelet. For tying tzitzit without techelet, please see these videos: Yemenite/Temani/Rambam Sephardi Ashkenazi Arizal/Chabad Hope this helps. Please note that all of these videos come from Orthodox, non-Messianic sources.


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The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 8:11) writes: עיקר מצוַת טלית קטן ללובשו על בגדיו, כדי שתמיד יראהו ויזכור המצוות The main Mitzvah of Tzitzis is to wear it on one's garments, so one would see them and remember the commandments. But the Magen Avraham writes in s"k 11: ובכתבים, דטלית קטן דווקא תחת בגדיו, עיין שם In the writings (the Pri Eitz Chaim) it ...


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Rabbenu Avraham ben HaRambam implies (HaMaspik L'Ovdei Hashem, ed. Wincelberg p. 27) that in his place and time it was not common to wear a four cornered garment with tsitsit. He is giving examples of behaviours that a person may inappropriately perform just in order to be perceived as pious, and he includes wearing tsitsit constantly. He includes this in ...


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Ashkenazim (those who study the kitzur shulchan aruch) agree that the black stripe design is to remind us of techalet. I posed this question to a member of my shul (Chabad) and got a totally different, yet 100% plausible answer. There are some people from the Chabad movement that claim that the black stripes are a tool to be used to ensure that you can make ...


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I prefer thick tzitzis since they don't rip if they get caught in something like a chair, seatbelt, etc. This has happened to me in the past and sometimes results in having a pasul tzitzis. However, since you wear your tzitzis under your shirt (like the old European minhag) your tztitzis are probably not at risk of getting torn. The thinner tzitzis are a ...


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From the Shulchan Aruch hilchos tzitzs 10:11 we learn that a scarf is not mechyuav to have tzits even though it is draped on the shoulders it is still considered a head beged(see the Biur halacha).In order for there to be a chiyuv of tzitzs it has to be considered a beged which is usually worn as such. If a person would wrap a flag around himself then ...


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The stripes remind us of the techelet, as was mentioned. Why black? Some Poskim say the dye itself was black, although the fish was blue. See Rambam Hilchos Tzitzis 2:2 (cited below) Black is a color of mourning, and we are sad that we don't have techelet anymore. (I heard this explanation, but can't cite a source for it.) Why only wool? Because techelet ...


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As far as I know(I am not a Rav): there is no problem, Moreover - if the first knot (that is near the talit) became loose the Tzizit might not be Kosher. If you re-tie the first knot you should cocentrate "L'eshem Mitzvat Tzizit" since it is the "Mederoita"


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The answer is like you said that it is the opinion of the Gr"a. It is quoted from Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin that the Gr"a held any smaller sized Talis Katan to be Hotzaah on Shabbos. Reb Menashe Klein (Mishneh Halakhot) and Rav Moshe Sternbuch in Halichos Hagr"a pg. 38 explain that the opinion is based on the fact that the Torah only required a garment that is ...


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See the responsa of the Mahari Bruna (Rabbi in Germany in the 15th century) siman 96 who seems to write that it is considered haughtiness to wear the tzitzit exposed. This is one of the reasons many Ashkenazim also do not wear their tzitzit exposed.


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Aruch ha-Shulchan OH 8:10: [...] The mitzvah of tzitzis is primarily that two tzitzis should be in front of one['s body], and two behind, in order that one be surrounded by mitzvos (Tur). It seems that this is sine qua non (l'ikuva), since it is written, "On the four corners of your covering," and the corners are two in front, two behind. [...]


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I just bought this in Israel (it helps to keep the tzitzis from being tangled, similar to the sock method mentioned in one of the answers, but this allows the water to reach the strings so that they get cleaned well too):


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Great trick for keeping zizit from tangling. My wife takes my cotton begged zizit and washes with other clothes, buy she has a great trick for making sure the actual zizit strings don't get tangled. She takes the four zizit and puts them inside a sock, then makes a knot of the sock, with the zizit inside and tosses it in the washing machine with ...


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I've found that the most reliable way to keep tzitzit untangled is to hand-wash them, and hang dry. Putting them in the dryer will most definitely tangle them. I've found that when they do get tangled, they can be safely untangled while wet. I have found that to be easier than when dry.


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The Rambam does not mention how to wear a Tallith; and refers to wearing it as עטוף - but I cannot find where he defines that concept. Those communities - like the Teimanim - may be relying on the Rambam without subsequent Poskim/Meforshim. The Tur and Bet Yosef define עטוף as covering your head, face and body - which is why we wrap our heads in the Tallit ...


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This image from Breuer's shows the old German minhag, effectively, all of the tzitzit are in front.


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