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
Regarding the chulyot -even though I’m wrapping 3 times – sometimes it looks like 2 wraps and other times it looks like 4 -what am I doing wrong?
Yes, it is a well known “problem” that due to where the shamash comes out of the previous double knot, the chulya may be misaligned + or – a half turn. I believe that as long as you wrap three times you have a kosher hulya – as that is the language of Rebbi in…read more
My tzitzit are tied according to the standard method used for tying white tzitzit with 5 knots and 7-8-11-13 wraps between knots. Are my tzitzit kosher or pasul?
The 7-8-11-13 method is a custom to be used when using white strings only. This method is not really dealt with on our website because no one discusses tying like this with tekhelet. Indeed, R. Shachter believes this method was designed to make up for the fact that no tekhelet was available. Furthermore, even if…read more
As to the tying method I prefer, the choices are many and I am not sure what to do. What are your thoughts? Are there common traditions? Is it an issue of aesthetics or of religious belief or tradition? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I assume that they are all “kosher” knots depending upon the accepted authority? Which is the oldest known?
Concerning the choices, I have been asked this many times and have detailed the options on our site: http://www.tekhelet.net/diagrams/TyingFAQ.htm If you would like a cut to the chase, I recommend Rambam strings tied according to the Rambam method as handed done by the Teimanim. There is an issue of aesthetics as one is supposed to…read more
I wondered if you could tell me about the origins of the tzitzit’s knots and windings? When did “fringe” as stated in the bible translate into “knots and windings”?
In answer to your question as to the origins of the various tying methods as different from the Bible, let me be start by saying that the Bible is like a “Cliff Notes” pamphlet of the Divine transmission to Moses and the Jewish People. The Bible is known as the “written Torah” which is of…read more
When beginning, as you pull the tzitzit through the hole – do you have to keep the individual tzitzit strings in order so that the tekhelet strand is the first or 4th (blue, white, white, white – as in your diagram) or will any order do? And if, after you finish tying, the order of the tzizit in the hole changes – is that a problem?
Order within the hole is unimportant. There is an idea that the white string should enter the hole before blue one (this is a lone interpretation on the Gemara which states that one should start with white and end with white) – but this is certainly not something which would mitigate the fulfillment of the…read more