Shalom aleichem: I am not familiar at all about this practice. what I have heard is that some follow the practice of the Maharm Ruttenberg not to wear tzitzit on shabbos out of the eiruv. The Netziv in his teshuvos Meisiv Dovor discusses the two different reasons given by different talmidim of the Maharam for…read more
A: “It is the overwhelming consensus of Poskim Kadmonim that only Chilazon is kosher. The Radzyner Techailes isn’t from Chalazon, so it’s not kosher Techailes. I would give him some credit for perhaps intending to do a good thing, but he isn’t actually fulfilling the mitzva that way. It needs to be be Murex, which…read more
Q: 1) Is Techeiles Chabura (chabureh?) Techeiles supposed to be lighter in shade than Ptil Tekhelet? I have a set which I bought last year and I noticed that the the color is much closer to sky blue, as opposed to my Tallis Gadol strings (Ptil Tekhelet) which are much closer to indigo colored. If…read more
A1: אֶת־חֻקֹּתַי֘ תִּשְׁמֹ֒רוּ֒ בְּהֶמְתְּךָ֙ לֹֽא־תַרְבִּ֣יעַ כִּלְאַ֔יִם שָֽׂדְךָ֖ לֹֽא־תִזְרַ֣ע כִּלְאָ֑יִם וּבֶ֤גֶד כִּלְאַ֨יִם֙ שַֽׁעַטְנֵ֔ז לֹ֥א יַֽעֲלֶ֖ה עָלֶֽיךָ There are 3 types of Kilayim – Crossbreeding animal species, crossbreeding plant species, weaving wool and linen together. The question is “what is a species” according to the Torah. Since there are a number of places that the definition of species plays…read more
If it’s not too much trouble, can you please tell me where in the Gemara or Rishonim that Argaman is also sourced from a Chilazon? Or is it my imagination that it’s mentioned somewhere and we basically need to derive that from the word Purpura?
It is not mentioned in a single place in the Gemara or the Rishonim to my knowledge. It all comes from being based ספרים חיצונים Such as וכדומה יוסיפים But in my opinion, there is ample evidence to 2 things: 1. There is no Halacha that dictates as to what the source of Argaman should…read more
There is no halachic difference between thick or regular strings (both are “kaful shemona” eight strands wound together by “shezira”) – the only reason we supply both is that some people like the way the thick look on their talit (especially the talit gadol) and others find that the thick last longer since they tend…read more
What is the length of the actual strings themselves? (because I wear my tzitzit out and our family tradition is that they should come to at least the knee if not lower)
The shamash is 1.5 meters long before tied. The strings after knotting will not reach your knees. – Mois Navon.read more
There are other methods of tying not mentioned on the web site. – Mois Navon.read more
I have a friend who would like to have his tzitzit tied in the “traditional Ashkenazi way” according to that request, what shitah would that be?
When it comes to tying tekhelet, there is no “traditional Ashkenazi way”. Here is how I would look at the issue: 1 ) If he is using Tosafot strings (i.e., 2 full blue and 2 full white per corner) then he should tie like Tosafot. 2 ) If he is using Raavad strings (i.e., 1…read more
I was wondering when you say “many different ways to tie white” what are some ways other than Ashkenazinic and Chabad?
Yes there are many, many ties to tie white. Here are a few that are listed in R. Tavger’s book on tzitzit “Klil Tekhelet”: Tying methods in white: – Common 7-8-11-13 – Hida 10-5-6-5 (Y-K-V-K) – Lekach Tov 7-7-7-7 – HaMaspik L’Ovdei Hashem 7 chulyot of 3 winds (like Rambam) – Meiri Yevamot: knot 7…read more