Common Questions and Answers
Q: I would like to tie 7-8-11-13 with Raavad (1/4 ratio). Can I do so with your strings?
A: The Raavad strings provided are regular length. They are designed to wind in tandem with white strings, and therefore only produce 18-24 winds. 7-8-11-13 require 39 winds, 37 of which are Techeiles. It’s certainly doable with longer strings. What can be done is 7-8-11-13 with Rambam, two Raavad strings, or Tosafot R’ Schachter, though.
Q: How many Chulyot can be made with Tosafot strings?
A: Up to 13, which is perfect for GR”A or Chinuch (not R’ Schachter).
Q: Where may I pick up the strings?
A: We would meet locally (your place, coffee shop, etc.) to conduct the transaction.
Q: I would like you to do the tying. What are next steps?
A: Supply the beged for tying and one of our staff would do the tying based on the style of your choice. You would then get called when tying is completed.
Q: What happens to my old strings once cut off or untied?
A: You have the option to keep them yourself or they can be taken for disposal of Sheimos.
Q: Why are different Shittot different prices?
A: It all depends on the amount and length of Techeiles strings. The more blue, the more expensive. It’s that simple. See the following chart (courtesy: Ptil Tekhelet store):
Courtesy: Ptil Tekhelet
Q: What other cost-saving options are there?
A: One option is to go with Rambam ratio using Raavad strings, thereby making two sets. To quote R’ Avi Grossman:
“… you can buy a set of four, full length, Raavad style strings, then cut each in half, and join those eight halves with ordinary strings, and then you’ll have enough techeleth for two garments!”
Technically speaking, from the above chart, compare Raavad Chinuch/GR”A regular length versus Rambam 7 regular length, minus a little bit as Raavad uses 6 Techeiles chulyot. Raavad Chinuch/GR”A gives you 49 inches. Rambam 7 gives you 24.5″ Tekhelet. 49″/2 is 24.5″. Even if you factor in one additional inch from tying the two strands together, you should still be good. Raavad full is a bit more expensive but at 70″ Techeiles gives you a lot more to work with.
Ordinary strings would need to be purchased separately, but if you would like two pairs of Tzitzit tied we can work out an arrangement. In addition, cutting would only be done using plastic, wooden or ceramic scissors, to satisfy the Mishna Berura who writes “one should cut with his teeth and not with a knife” (MB 11:61) – see here. The general idea is that metal traditionally was used for implements of war and bloodshed, which should be avoided if possible. As an aside, bedieved, the strings cut with metal are 100% kosher.
Here’s a visual how it would look with GR”A strings (would work with Chinuch and Raavad tying as well).
Q: Does the tying method make much of a difference?
A: Depends who you ask, but generally no. The bigger debate is on string ratio.
Q: Do you sell Nipputz strings?
Q: What exactly are Nipputz strings?
A: Nipputz literally means carding wool by hand (as opposed to machine) and would be done Lishma. Due to the manual process the prices would be significantly more expensive than the prices for non-Nipputz strings. Some prefer Nipputz as it’s an extra hiddur. Should there be a demand for Nipputz strings down the road, extra consideration will be made to order some sets of those in the future.
Q: What’s the deal with Radzyn Techeiles? Why is it less expensive?
A: Radzyn Techeiles is a fusion between cuttlefish ink with iron filings which are the source of the blue. Cuttlefish ink is much more plentiful than murex dye, with less fish needed for the same amount of Tzitzit strings.
Q: What? That’s fake Tekhelet!
A: It depends on how the Gemara is learned about the role of the Chilazon. The Radzyners don’t consider the Chilazon to necessarily “source” the color blue, just that the “blood” of the Chilazon is added to the mixture for reasons only Chazal can fathom, which render it kosher based on the Radzyner understanding, and based on that, any blue can be added to this mixture as long as this ink is in it. It’s a very different way of understanding a text that’s decidedly vague. This is a much deeper discussion which will BE”H be covered in a longer post in the future.
Q: What about Lifnei Iver Lo Titen Michshol (don’t place a stumbling block before a blind person)?
A: It’s not Lifnei Iver if Radzyn techeiles is being sold as Radzyn techeiles. On this site it’s being made very clear what the differences between the two sets are.
Q: Then why on earth are you selling it?
A: Some Radzyner and Breslov Chassidim have approached us with requests to sell it. We therefore are making this option available.
Q: Should I buy Radzyn over murex techeiles?
A: While ultimately the choice is up to you, our recommendation is, unless you have a strong affinity to Radzyn/Breslov Chassidus and prefer the cuttlefish techeiles, to go with the murex one.