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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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Shulkhan Arukh, OC 10:10 explicitly rules that a turban is exempt from tzitzit, even if it covers the majority of the wearer's body. מִצְנֶפֶת פְּטוּרָה, אֲפִלּוּ שֶׁל אַרְצוֹת הַמַּעֲרָב שֶׁב' רָאשֶׁיהָ מֻשְׁלָכִים עַל כִּתְפֵיהֶם וְגוּפָם, וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁמִּתְכַּסֶה בָּהּ רֹאשׁוֹ וְרֻבּוֹ פָּטוּר, כֵּיוָן שֶׁעִקָּרָהּ לְכַסוֹת הָרֹאשׁ, דִּכְסוּתְךָ ...


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If you honestly believe that you are wearing true tekhelet then you are not in violation of the Gemara (BM 61b). If your tekhelet turns out to be false tekhelet, then you will have only fulfilled the mitzvah of tzitzit but not the aspect of tekhelet, as the Gemara (Men. 40a) explains is the case for one who unwittingly wore kela ilan - see my article "False ...


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This story is told in Talmud Menachos (44a) about one of R' Chiya's students. The story ends up with them both doing teshuva and subsequently marrying each other. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/530129/jewish/In-the-Words-of-the-Sages.htm


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The passuk is not saying that tzitzis are a proof to someone's adherence to the other commandments, it is saying that by wearing tzitzis one will come to perform the other mitzvos. If anything, wearing them is a sign of intention to grow, not an award for completion of one's job to. If one is really worried about maaris ayin one can wear the tzitzis under ...


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Rav Yoel Bin Nun famously slit the slides of his suit jacket rov open and attached tzitzit (with techelet) because he wants to be yotzei the mitzvah on his regular beged as is likely the intention of the pasuk. Source: I've seen him!


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Person. You don't need to have tzitzit on a tallit that you keep in a drawer. Source: Talmud Menachot 41. See also Rambam Hil. Tzitzit 3:10-11, Shulchan Aruch OC 19:1


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Ma'ase Rav Siman 39 says that the GR"A would not kiss his Tzitzit during Keriyat Shema. The Kovetz Mepharshim (printed on the side in the Weinrab edition) supposes that he did so because he held that when saying the third paragraph of Keriyat Shema one should gaze at his tzitziyot (see biur hagra O"H on Siman 24 seif katan 8), and kissing them breaks his ...


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There is no Miswa of Sisit at night (see Rabenu Behaye to Numbers 15:38-39).


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The best way which works for me is by taking the last knot and dip into hot water ,then I tie it tightly. I have yet have a knot open. Simple and easy. Don't know why this isn't more known and implicated in the tzizts factories.


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When members of the Neturei Karta movement in Meah Shearim protest the State of Israel on Yom Ha'atzmaut, they dress in sackcloth, which has four corners (at least that's the current style). I noticed that at least one corner of every sackcloth garment was rounded off, but it could be because of the poor-quality sackcloth, which is in high demand around Yom ...


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No, they do not need to dangle. Many rabbis, including my Rosh Yeshiva, tuck their tzitzit under their belt to keep them neat and prevent them from ripping on nearby objects. In addition, letting them dangle could be considered "undignified" and "shlumpy." Rabbi Menachem Posner of Chabad recommends "tucking them under your belt and then into your pants ...


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An incomplete list: R' Meir Mazuz (on Shabbat) - source R' Herschel Schachter R' Yisroel Belsky (when wearing a long frock coat to cover it) R' Abraham Twerski (source) R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg R' Simcha Kook R' David bar Hayim R' Yehoshua Buch R' Yoel Bin-Nun (only on his suit-jacket) R' Moshe David Tendler (source) R' Tzvi Hersh Weinreb (source) R' ...


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I think that you are answering your own question. First of all, the reason to perform G-d's commandments is because G-d said so. The goal of every Jew is to strive to reach this sense of faith and to act and understand the concept of being an Eved Hashem - a servant of G-d. (When Moses died, the Torah calls him an "Eved Hashem".) Therefore, one is required ...


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dailyhalacha explains the context and writes that Halacha requires that the Tzitzit be affixed to the garment and its knots be tied "Lishma" – meaning, with the intention that this is being done for the purpose of the Mitzva of Tzitzit. Although the Rambam held that this is not necessary, normative Halacha follows the view that one must affix and ...


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One argument is from Chazal's silence regarding animal dyes. Chazal spend much time lambasting Kalei Ilan (the plant based indigo), but never once complain about a fake animal based indigo (by 'indigo' I mean a dye that is the right color and does not fade). So either there was only one animal based indigo dye and that was it, or there were others, but all ...


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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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The religious significance in wearing a prayer shawl lies specifically in the tzitzit fringes themselves. Technically any garment of four corners can be used as a prayer shawl, so long as it has the tzitziyot on them. As for a non-Jew wearing tzitzit, there is nothing offensive or wrong with your wearing tzitzit so long as you are aware that you do so on a ...


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This is a good question, and really it's probably a better question than the answers out there. For context, we have to realize that this question (order of operations for donning Tzitzit and Tefillin) is a "modern" question which is a side effect of the modern practice of wearing a Tallit and Tefillin exclusively in Shul. In principle, these Mitzvot have ...


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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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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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In his book Geburat HaAri (pg. 137) he brings the AriZal and explains that according to him they should be exposed because in Shaar HaKawanot (7c) the Ari says that there is a Miswa to behold the Sisiot (see Debarim 15:39). He expounds on this immensely in his Sefer Wayashov HaYam (vol. 1 Siman 3).


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Very, very strong custom and halachic preference. Gemara says someone who wheedles his way out of a mitzva (e.g. by actively rounding the corners of his garment) is someone who, when Hashem gets angry, well watch out. More here. And specifically about tzitzis, here. It's such an easy mitzva to do that why avoid it? Standard Jewish practice has become long ...


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This is addressed explicitly by the major codes in the last siman of hilchot tzitzit. Tur O.C. 24 אע"פ שאין אדם חייב לקנות טלית בת ארבע כנפות כדי שיתחייב בציצית אלא דוקא אם רוצה להתכסות בטלית בת ד' כנפות חייב להטיל בה ציצית מ"מ טוב ונכון להיות כל אדם זהיר וזריז במצות ציצית שיהיה לו בגד קטן מצוייץ שילבש אותו כל היום כי עיקר מצותה על זכירת המצות ובכל ...


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According to the Shulchan Aruch (O"C 21) if the tzitzit are no longer valid, one may dispose of them. The Ram"a adds that one should dispose of them respectfully, but they do not require geniza. The Ram"a then brings down a second opinion that they (the strings) should be put in geniza, and recommends it. Similarly with the article of clothing itself: it may ...


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To address your first question, the Shulchan Aruch HaRav Orach Chaim 24:4 quotes the Magen Avraham 24:1 (who is quoting the Kitvei Ha-AriZal) to the effect that when one gets to Parshat Tzitzit one should hold the Tzitzit in his hand and look at them until he gets to "נֶאֱמָנִים וְנֶחֱמָדִים לָעַד". Then he should kiss them and remove them from his hand. &...


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As already source by Noach miFrankfurt in his answer, the German Minhag and likely original minhag Ashkenaz, was only to hold the front corners. This is also the practice of the Vilna Gaon (as recorded in the siddur Eizor Eliyahu), because he strongly felt that it was important for tzitzis to be worn with two of them in front and two in back. The Shulchan ...


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No you don't, you only make shechiyanu on a new Tallit (when you put on the tzitzit), but never on an old one. See Mishna Berura OC 22 sif katan 2, אם עשה ציצית בבגד שהיה לו מכבר אף שלא היה בו ציצית מעולם אין צריך לברך שהחיינו If one makes (attaches) tzitzis on a garment that he already had, even if tzitzis had never been attached to it, one ...


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In the first piece in Rav Herschel Schachter book on the minhagim of Rabbi Soloveitchik entitled פניני הרב, Rav Schachter writes that Rabbi Soloveitchik did wear tzitzis on shabbos


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