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GR”A Vilna Gaon Style – All Blue with Chabad Chulyos

GR”A Vilna Gaon Style – All Blue with Chabad Chulyos 1152 2048 rhecht

R’ Chaim Twerski Shlit”a holds like the Raavad (1, 3) and originally tied like the GR”A using all blue Chulyos, using the Chabad/Chassidishe Chulya. However, he has changed his mind and now tells people to tie like the GRA alternating blue and white. He follows R Yitzchok Brand’s Shitta. The general pattern for GR”A is…

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R’ Eliyahu Ohayon / Uziel Family Casablanca

R’ Eliyahu Ohayon / Uziel Family Casablanca 960 950 rhecht

The tying method is based on the Halacha of start with white and with white 13 Chulyos. The concept of the Keshira is 3 against 3 and one in the middle.

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7-8-11-13 with Yemenite Chulyos

7-8-11-13 with Yemenite Chulyos 900 1600 rhecht

7-8-11-13 with Yemenite Chulyos, also fulfills the AR”I in 7-8-11-13 with broken Chulyos between 5 knots. Breslov wears like this and rumor has it that Chabad originally tied Chulyos like this before doing the current method. R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg ZT”L also notably wore this method on one of his Talleisim.

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R’ Yaakov Nagen of Otniel Tying

R’ Yaakov Nagen of Otniel Tying 720 960 rhecht

This is sort of a reverse Amram Gaon, where the first and last Chulyos are Techeiles, with one wind white before and after. Bottom-line, his understanding is that the 7 Chulyos representing the 7 heavens should be the color blue, which is the color of the sky. That’s why he reverses the tying order.

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7-8-11-13

7-8-11-13 248 1360 rhecht

For those that don’t want to change the standard tying method with Lavan. This also is good as it meets the Raavad’s requirement of no less than 7, no more than 13. In Chassidus/Kabbalah this pattern is also very popular since the AR”I prescribed this ratio but with Chulyos. The AR”I in Shaar HaKavanos apparently…

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Tosafos R’ Hershel Schachter

Tosafos R’ Hershel Schachter 250 716 rhecht

The thought behind this opinion is as follows: 7 winds of 7 chulyos is based on that the Gemara in Menachos (Perek Hatecheiles) states “no less than 7, no more than 13.” Almost every commentary assumes that those numbers refer to 3-wind chulyos. However, the Gemara isn’t explicit in what exactly the numbers 7 or…

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RAMA”K (R’ Moshe Cordevero) Tying

RAMA”K (R’ Moshe Cordevero) Tying 210 1032 rhecht

Yemenite חוליות of 3-3-3-4 (which is the pattern of the RAMA”K (R’ Moshe Cordevero) as well as the Chinuch ), one white wind before and after, 5 knots, long Raavad string. חינוך pattern. R’ Bentzion Twerski likes having one string instead of two since in his words, the זוהר says to do one string. (The…

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Rav Amram Gaon Method

Rav Amram Gaon Method 235 849 rhecht

From Ptil Tekhelet: This method defines a chulyah as a group of three twists. It has 13 chulyot, and alternates white and Tekhelet between them, starting and ending with a chulyah of white. Though Rav Amram Gaon does not mention any knot at the begged, most people do in fact tie one there.

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Radzyn / Chabad (Ariza”l) Method

Radzyn / Chabad (Ariza”l) Method 235 840 rhecht

From Ptil Tekhelet: This method assumes (like the Rambam) that all the twists except for the first and last be Tekhelet. It keeps five (double) knots, and distributes 7, 8, 11, and 13 twists between them. The Tekhelet string is wrapped through and over each group of three (a chulyah) in order to keep them…

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Ra’avad / Rav Natronai Gaon Method

Ra’avad / Rav Natronai Gaon Method 918 1632 rhecht

From Ptil Tekhelet: This method defines a chulyah as between 7 and 13 twists. There are five knots, with chulyot between them of twists that alternate between Tekhelet and white. The first and last twist of each chulyah is white. Comments by Rafi Hecht: This is a method open to a lot of interpretation since…

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