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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is tzitzis treated as an obligation

Tzitzit became an always-obligation on the advice of Chazal, in Menachot 41a, who brought the story of the angel who warned us against an attitude of not seeking to do positive mitzvot even when one ...
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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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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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The connection between Tzitzis and teeth

Wearing Tzitzit helps reduce toothaches and teeth pains This is brought in a Hirhurim blogpost on Tzitzit: It is said that being careful in the observance of the mitzva of Tzitzit is a segula for ...
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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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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

I have been trying to reconnect to my Gerrer roots. This is what I've discovered. Tefillin: They are standard size, not oversize like Chabad. The parchments are k'sav Beis Yosef (source: a Gerrer ...
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Why do we cut the tzitzit out of a tallit for a dead person?

The source is from Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 351:2 אֵין קוֹבְרִין אֶת הַמֵּת אֶלָּא בְּטַלִּית שֶׁיֵּשׁ בּוֹ צִיצִית. הַגָּה: וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים דְּאֵין צָרִיךְ צִיצִית (טוּר בְּשֵׁם י''א). ...
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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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What is considered a four-cornered garment?

The Mishna Brura on Orach Chayim 10:12 writes regarding this question the following (Source provided by Sefaria.org) לו) הואיל ואין וכו' - דהנה הב"י כתב יש לדקדק במלבושים שלנו שיש להם ב' כנפות ...
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What to do with long uneven zitzit?

aish.com answers it is permitted although ideally not with a metal tool There is actually a custom not to cut tzitzit strings with metal. There is a very interesting basis for this. The Torah ...
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The connection between Tzitzis and teeth

Probably this, from Magen Avraham 11:18: כ' בשל"ה ומט"מ שאל יחתוך בסכין אלא ינשכם בשיניו ע"ש: Shaloh and Mateh Moshe say that you shouldn't cut [the tzitzis strings] with a knife, but ...
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Tzitzit - wool or linen - in relation to blue strings

A blue non-wool string is not Tekhelet, much like how margarine isn't butter even though they are quite similar. Usually you can't tie a wool string to a linen garment ("sha'atnez") but here it would ...
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Why does Rashi explain where yoke of Mitzvos is discussed in Parshas Tzitzis?

In the parallel passage in Yalkut Shimoni (which I cited here), no verses are given for the three that are obvious. In fact, R. Refael Nota Nosson Rabinowitz (Dikdukei Sofrim) presents this comment of ...
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Bracha on tzitzis

The opening Mishnah in Perek Hatecheiles (Menachos 38a) states: התכלת אינה מעכבת את הלבן והלבן אינו מעכב את התכלת THE [ABSENCE OF THE] BLUE [IN THE FRINGES] DOES NOT INVALIDATE THE WHITE, NEITHER ...
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