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You ask, "let's say that Murex is not the chilazon, and we have some strings that have been dyed blue for no reason. What's the problem with that?" (my emphasis) If there really is no reason to dye them blue whatsoever, then doing so would be a violation of the Shulchan Aruch (9:5), who says that careful people use strings of the same color as the garment, ...


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The Maor HaGadol (R' Zerachiah HaLevi) discusses this issue on Shabbat 11b in the pagination of the Rif. He argues that in fact the halacha follows Rebbe and not R Yochanan ben Nuri (RYBN) that tzitzit require both blue and white to be kosher. He makes 3 arguments to this end: RYBN is a lone opinion and the general rule is that the halacha follows Rebbe ...


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In Pesil Techeiles the Sixth Point (פתיל תכלת פרט הששי) the Radzyner Rebbe cites this Gemara as one of his proofs to the opinion of Rambam that one string is half techeiles and half white. The proof is that the Gemara asks what the Mishnah meant by "distinguish between techeiles and lavan", and rejects the possibility that it is referring to the ability to ...


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His son printed it in the beginning of the Maharsham's sefer Techeiles Mordechai. The line about techeiles is in point # 2 and reads as follows: הטלית יקחו את הטלית טירקישען בלא העטרה וקשורים בו ציצית עם תכלת Here is an online source and here is an image of the text highlighted:


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The Mishnah Berurah 9:7 mentions 2 strings of white and 2 strings of techeles this is the opinion of many rishonim(Rashi,Tosfos, Rosh,Itur,etc...). ז(ז) בזמן הזה - פי' דבזמן שהיה תכלת שהיה צריך להטיל ד' חוטין שני חוטי לבן ושני חוטי תכלת (הוא צמר צבוע בדם חלזון) והיה מתקיים עי"ז המצות ציצית כראוי התירה לנו התורה להטיל השנים של לבן בין מצמר או מפשתים בין בבגד ...


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I don't know if they address this concern particularly in terms of the expense. However, the knowledge that murex indigo is chemically identical to plant-based indigo is something knowable only in the 20th and 21st century, when we know about atoms, molecules, and chemicals. If plant-based indigo failed the gemara's test for fastness, and this was just a ...


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This requirement is stated in the Tosefta and Meseches Tzitzith Tosefta Menachoth 9:16 "תכלת אין כשרה אלא מן החלזון הביא שלא מן החלזון פסולה." Tekheleth is only valid from the חלזון ; if one used a dye not made from the חלזון it is invalid.” מסכת ציצית פרק א הלכה י שאין צובעין תכלת אלא בחלזון. We only dye תכלת with a חלזון from: https:...


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From http://tekhelet.com/tekhelet/ask-ptil-tekhelet/ Q. Who is the mashgiach on the process making sure it's lishma, etc.? Who gives the official hechsher? A. R. Eliyahu Tavger is the Rav of the Amuta. The workers doing the dyeing, spinning, twining of the threads are all yirei shamayim Jews who are very careful to state explicitly before every ...


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The Radzyner Rebbe wrote three books about it, so that would be a good place to check. Dr. Mendel Singer wrote an article about techelet, and in the course of the article, he mentions how the Radzyner Rebbe understood various sources in Chazal to refer to the cuttlefish. For example: the requirement of once in 70 years, the Radzyner Rebbe says this ...


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I don't know if this is precisely what is meant by "running", but the Radziner Rebbe mentions that techeiles is supposed to be able to be washed out with soap, and the dye can also fade due to other factors (e.g. exposure to sunlight). The Radziner Rebbe cites the last Tosafos in Zevachim 95a as a source, as Tosafos there says that the dye in the High Priest'...


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Numerous points were made here which need to be answered: (1) Regarding the reasons we believe that the Murex trunculus is indeed the hillazon of hazal, please see my latest article: http://tekhelet.com/pdf/TekheletThreadsOfReason.pdf (2) Regarding the Arizal's statement that after the hurban habayit tekhelet is no longer available, please see my article: ...


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You cite the Sifre Bamidbar 115 which states: ועשו להם ציצית שומע אני יעשה חוט אחד בפני עצמו ת"ל גדילים מכמה גדילים אתה עושה אין פחות משלשה דברי בית הלל ובית שמאי אומרים שלשה של צמר ורביעית של תכלת והלכה כבית שמאי But if you look at the Sifre Devarim 234, the other place in the Torah that talks about Tzitzit, it says: גדילים תעשה לך, למה נאמר לפי ...


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The Midrash Tanchuma when explaining Korach's argument calls it a טלית שכולה תכלת, a garment made entirely of techeiles. Later it says לקח טליתו which may indicate that he confronted Moshe with his own garment. That said, there are some who have explained his argument as referring to the me'il. R. Yisrael Ariel suggests this in Ma'alin Bakodesh Vol. V p. 24:...


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In fact it is mentioned according to the Ramban Bereishis 49: 12 the word חכלילי means כחל. Also the word כחלת is mentioned in Yecezkel 23:40 which means painting of the eyes. Rashi:כחלת. מין צבע ושמו כחול וצובעות בו עיניהם אוקליר"א בלע"ז: It seems its more of a blackish color or dark color,which fits with many descriptions of the dye of techeiles (before ...


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Radzyner Techeiles Radzyner techeiles is made from the "ink" that is secreted from the Sepia Officinalis, i.e. the common cuttlefish. The Radzyner Rebbe, R. Gershon Chanoch Henoch Leiner was the first person in modern times to try to "rediscover techeiles". He wrote a short book called Sefunei Temunei Chol in which he outlines 10 criteria for identifying ...


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Actually, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, did give a response which can be found in his Igrot Kodesh when he was asked in the 1960's (might have been early 1970's). He said that he had nothing to add to the response of the Rebbe Rashab, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, on the question. The Rashab was asked specifically about the Radziner ...


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Rav Hershel Schachter in this shuir at 29:30 says that some are afraid to wear techelis because of mechzei kyuhara,but he explains that is only talking about a middas chassidus not trying to fulfill a positive commandment. Whether one agrees with the idea of wearing techeiles or not if one wants to wear it the idea of mechzei kyuhara should not apply. The ...


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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 ...


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There's a new booklet being distributed (not very widely) by someone in Bnei Brak. In the front material has a very long letter by Rav Moshe Sternbuch shlita, which argues very strongly against bnei Torah wearing Ptil Tekhelet. Some of the reasons given sound a bit surprising to me (i.e. were beyond my limited understanding); one of them was this Zohar about ...


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Based on overwhelming physical evidence. and 1) We knew the color from the authenticated remains of קלא אילן that were found in Wadi Murabaat, and Hazal say that the two are indistinguishable. 2) The massive archaeological evidence that Baruch Sterman came up with was convincing. 3) Rabbi Moshe Tendler had said that if there are physical remains of a ...


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The Techeiles Chabura sells Bada"tz certified, murex-dyed strings for slightly less than Ptil Tekhelet's American costs.


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Seeing as there is no known company making Murex trunculus besides Petil Techelet, and on the other hand even the discounted techelet from then (for soldiers) is 100nis, I doubt anything lower will be the real deal. If on the other hand, you are interested in squib "techelet", which btw according to the radzin chassidim (I have spoken to the person who ...


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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.


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from http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/a-colourful-debate.html Question: I see some men walking around with a blue techeles thread on their tzitzis. If we know what techeles is, why don’t we all wear it? Answer: Wearing techeles was always an integral part of the mitzva of wearing tzitzis. Unfortunately, however, the art of making techeles ...


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I recommend that you discuss your own situation and best course of action with your rabbi. I posed this question, regarding my own entry into the techeilet world, to Rabbi Jack Bieler in Silver Spring. If I recall correctly, he told me that if I only felt I could afford one set of strings, I should go ahead and put them on one garment, and that whether that ...


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According to הרב מאיר הלוי הלמן - לבוש הארון (modern English sefer on Techeiles), on page 21: The color of murex dye was commonly known as “Tyrian Purple”, as the city of Tyre (today in Lebanon) was the leading center for purple dye production. Murex dye had “great brilliance and fastness in comparison with other known dye”. These qualities, as well ...


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How are the tzitzit made? One begins from the corner of a garment - i.e., the end of its woven portion. One ascends upward no more than three fingerbreadths from the edge, but no less than the distance from the knuckle of the thumb to its end. [A hole is made] and four strands inserted, [causing them] to be folded in half. Thus, there will be eight ...


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There is a great series online at Torahanytime.com by Rabbi Daniel Glatstein specifically on this topic and I believe you might find what you are looking for there. Even though ultimately the series concludes contrary to that Tehelet being the "official" tehelet: series 1 >> series 2 >> series 3 >> series 4 >> series 5 >> series 6.


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There is an interesting documentary regarding the legitimacy of the Radzin Techeiles v.s. the Murex techeles presented by R' Michael Shlomo Bar-Ron. He is a strong supporter of the Radzin Techeiles being authentic. His presentation can be seen here. Additionally if you are interested in looking at arguments against the Murex as being the Chilazon. Rav ...


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The dye extracted from the Chilazon or Murex Trunculus was very expensive and was considered in ancient times to be a luxury. One of the reasons this dye was so expensive, because "twelve thousand snails of Murex brandaris yield no more than 1.4 g of pure dye, enough to colour only the trim of a single garment." [see link - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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