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What is the downside to wearing techeiles?

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 ...
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Is a Keffiyeh chayav tzitzit?

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' ...
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Does a facemask with 4 corners require tzitzit?

A tallis requires two criteria which don't extend to face masks: that it be large enough to cover the majority of a child's body SA OC 16 and that it actually be worn over one's body SA OC 10:10. ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

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, ...
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Keeping tzitzit knots from coming undone

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 ...
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Why didn't the Kohanim wear Tzizis?

First of all, to clarify what the question is/should be, there's no obligation to wear tzitzis under normal circumstances, unless one is wearing a four cornered garment. Hence, the fact that tzitzis ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

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 ...
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Why do we don a tallit before laying tefillin?

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 ...
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May a woman tie tzitzit to be worn by a man?

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 ...
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Why do people feel that there is a NEED to wear tzitzit?

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 ...
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Can a noahide wear a tallit without the tzitzit fringes during their personal prayers?

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 ...
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Where does the Radzyner say that Misheyakir is referring to Rambam's shita in Techeilet?

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 ...
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Why does a Tallit-gadol and a Tallit-katan have Tzitziyot?

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 ...
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Are Tzitzis a Uniform/Badge of Honor?

The Gemoro Menachos 43b says תניא היה רבי מאיר אומר גדול עונשו של לבן יותר מעונשו של תכלת משל למה הדבר דומה למלך בשר ודם שאמר לשני עבדיו לאחד אמר הבא לי חותם של טיט ולאחד אמר הבא לי חותם של זהב ופשעו ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in

Rav Ahron Felder zt"l was a talmid muvhak and spent many years serving Rav Moshe Feinstein. Among the seforim he authored is the two-volume Rishumei Aaron, which contains rulings and halachic ...
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Toldot Aharon Tallit

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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Why do the siddurim ask us to gather all 4 tzitzis before saying Shema?

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 ...
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Source that tekhelet was known to run

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 ...
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Do you say Shechiyanu on a used tallis you tied new tzitzis onto?

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 ...
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Briskers and tzitzis on shabbas

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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Are there five or six reasons why Parshas Tzitzis was added to Shema?

This passage also appears in Yalkut Shimoni, and in that version there are indeed only five things. Number 4, "opinions of heretics" in your translation, does not appear. The supporting verse cited in ...
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How to kiss tzitzit while wearing a mask

Rav Moshe Heinemann says One should kiss his ציצית and תפילין through his mask at the places where he is נוהג to kiss them.
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Does one Make a Bracha on Tzitzis during Bein Hashmashos?

Mishnah Berurah 18:7 אבל אם איחר להתעטף עד לילה שוב לא יברך דשמא הלכה כהרמב"ם ומשמע מדברי המ"א בסק"ד דאפילו בין השמשות מותר לברך עד צה"כ וטעמו דהלא בציצית לא כתיב יום רק וראיתם ...
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Sefer Ginas Egoz Rav Schacter

R. Schachter's sefarim are available at the annual YU Seforim Sale that takes place every February or so. Most of them can be read electronically through the Otzar Hachachmah database. However, if ...
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Who hechshers P'til Tekhelet?

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 ...
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Is there a "right" way to don a tallit?

See Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 8, with Mishnah Berura. Here are some excerpts from that siman that should help with your question. The translations here are my own. 2: סדר עטיפתו, כדרך בני אדם ...
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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

Gur Tefillin: Square knot (edit: some wear single dalet) , Shel Yad Ashkenaz, Wrapping also Ashkenaz way, Brachos on both must be said standing. Ksav: Ari Zal with Shin of Beys Yosef which is called ...
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Why do the siddurim ask us to gather all 4 tzitzis before saying Shema?

According to Tefilloh Sefas Yisroel (p. 33), while the halacha (or more accurately, minhag) as brought in Shulchan Aruch and numerous other sources is to hold the two front tzitzit, it is brought in ...
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Arguments FOR Radzyner Techeiles

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 ...
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Where are we commanded to wrap ourselves in Tzitzit?

(As background, know that there is an argument (see Tur OC 8) if a formal "Arab-style" wrapping is the only method of wearing a four-cornered garment which qualifies for the biblical command of ...
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