R’ Shalom Arush (Breslov) Tying Method

This tying method is an interesting combination of 7-8-11-13, divided by both knots and Rambam-style Yemenite chulyot. Rather than the first and last winds only being techeiles, the first and last chulyot are winds, and white is used in the event a chulya ends and begins at one of the 5 knots. The final result is pretty awesome!

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Rationale for Tying Method

R’ Arush hasn’t explained his rationale in his own words. But a certain Sinai Weinbaum arrived at R’ Arush’s tying method independently, albeit with Tosafos ratio, based on R’ Yitzchak Zilber’s conclusions.

From what Reb Weinbaum wrote in an email:


  • Recommends Teimani (Yemenite) chulios
  • Suggests that Lubavich chulios should also be acceptable as a chulia of 3 wrappings that are self contained and hold on there own.

Harav Halberstam

R’ Halberstam also agrees to retain the 5 major knots and to the concept of major and minor knots.
But he goes a step further and allows spliting up a chulia with a major knot in order to retain the 7-8-11-13 between major knots. This is suggested by the Shuchan Aruch Harav and Rabbi Halbestam accepts this anomaly not only in our times when chulios are only a reminder of tying with techeilet but accepts it even when tying with techeilet.

However, he keeps to the strict definition of alternating between white and blue chulios. He therefore concludes with this configuration:
* 3W 3B 1B * 2B 3W 3B * 3B 3W 3B 2W * 1W 3B 3W 3B 3W *


  • Prefers to retain the 5 “Major” knots as per tradition of the gmatria of 613
    Introduces the concept of “minor” knots following each chulia
    Retains 13 chulios
    Suggests tying *WBW * BWB * WBW * BWBW *
    Concludes by suggesting making 7 blue and 6 white chulios
    in order to be yoitze shitas HaRambam who requires 7 blue chulios.(עיי”ש)
    which requires having two blue chulios next to each other (not perfect alternation).
    His final suggestion is * WBW * BWB * BWB * BWBW *

His Conclusion:

  • The logic of alteration is based on the fact that Blue and White are of equal importance and therefore it is logical that the chulios should be of both blue and white. It is true that the examples he found in the Rosh and Tur speak clearly of perfect alternating White and Blue, but they all speak of making only 9 chulios.

  • When the Shuchan Aruch Harav talks of making Blue and White chulios, he only says that in the times of techeiles they made some chulios in White and some in Blue.

  • Since we have chosen to make 13 chulios corresponding to the 7 heavens and the 6 spaces between them, (and since I am gematria enthusiast) it makes sense to me to have 7 blue – corresponding to the 7 heavens) and 6 white chulios as Harav Zilber chose to do to satisfy shitas HaRambam עיי”ש.

  • He therefore chose to flip one set of of the White chulios for Blue.In taking the advice not to design your own method, I then found that the tying method of Harav Arush of Breslev meets my requirements.

  • He, in effect makes 2 changes from Harav Halberstam. In the 4th set He flips the 3rd chulia to Blue giving *1W 3B 3B 3B 3W *., giving 7 blue. He then also switches the order of the third set from * 3B 3W 3B 2W * to * 3W 3B 3B 2W * .

  • This gives symmetry – between every Major knot, the tying begins and ends with white. It also creates a maalim bakodesh of 1-1-2-3 chulios of blue.


How to Tie Like R’ Shalom Arush

The words of “Amitai Breslover (אמתי ברסלבר)” (June 14, 2012) with corrected English spelling and wording consistency:

“I’m sorry that my English is not so well. I earlier received a question about Techeiles, and I want to share the answer with you: “I am looking into the Mitzvath of Techeiles. I feel a strong connection to Breslov since I began reading some of the book authored by R. Arush. Do Breslovers wear Techeiles? If so, what is the custom and way of tying?”

To which I wrote back: “No, we’re working on photographs that shows exactly the common ways of tying. I hope it will be soon in our website.

Today there are two kinds of Techeiles: The Radzin Rebbe’s and the new one. I can’t get into the opinions and who says what and why, but I will write you the Breslev Minhag (custom?).

In Breslev there are groups that wear Techelet and groups that don’t.

Harav Shalom Arush wears and this is the Minhag in our Yeshiva. Of the groups that wear Techeiles, most of them wear the Radziner rebbe’s Techeiles which is cheaper. Harav says that both of them are good and wears both of them, in the last year and a half I make the Rav from mostly the new Techeiles.

You can tie it in the common Ashkenazi or Sefaradi way, but make sure that the first and the last circles are white.

Harav has a special kind of tying that is very common in Breslev. I cannot explain it in words, you must see it.”



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