HaShoneh Halachos emails include two halachos per day, seven days a week (emails for Shabbos and Yom Tov are sent in advance). Material is based upon the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with occasional elucidation from the Mishnah Brurah abd other sources. The text is not a direct translation but a paraphrase into easy-to-read, conversational English.

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46. Disposing of Tzitzis Strings

November 12, 2011, by

9:19 Tzitzis that break or that are removed from their garment should not just be thrown in the trash since doing so would be disrespectful to the mitzvah. Some people use old tzitzis strings as a bookmark in sefarim; since they were once used for a mitzvah, it’s appropriate to use them to assist in […]

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45. Changing the Strings

November 11, 2011, by

9:17 The opinion of some authorities is that the corner where the tzitzis strings are to be inserted, that is, from one to three thumb-widths from the garment’s edge, may not include any seam of threads that are suitable to make tzitzis for the selfsame garment. For example, if the tallis is made of flax, […]

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44. Taking Apart a Tallis

November 10, 2011, by

9:15 A tallis may be made of two parts, which might be separated for laundering or sewing repairs and then rejoined. If the tallis is large enough so that a person could wrap himself in either of these two sections, then it is sufficient for the owner to remove two tzitzis strings from either side […]

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43. Broken Tzitzis Strings

November 9, 2011, by

9:13 Let’s say that one of the four long tzitzis strings breaks. (Remember, the eight strings are really four long strings folded over.) If enough of the string remains to make a loop, which would be four thumb-widths, the tzitzis are still valid. This is also true if two strings break and each has four […]

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42. Borrowing a Tallis

November 9, 2011, by

9:11 It is permissible to borrow another person’s tallis occasionally, even without his knowledge, based on the assumption that the owner would be happy to facilitate the performance of a mitzvah, especially since it costs him nothing. (If the owner is present, of course, he should be asked. See Mishnah Brurah 14:13.) The borrower, however, […]

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41. Blessing on the Tzitzis

November 8, 2011, by

9:9 One only says the blessing over tzitzis when worn by day, not by night. (The Chofetz Chaim clarifies that for this purpose, twilight is still considered daytime – see MB 18:7.) One must be careful not to recite the blessing on his tzitzis until it light enough outside so that a person can distinguish […]

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40. Putting on the Tallis

November 6, 2011, by

9:7 Before wrapping oneself in the tallis, a person should examine the tzitzis in order to ensure that they are in order. However, if examining the threads will cause him to fall behind the minyan to the point that he will not be davening with the congregation, then he need not take the time to […]

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39. Tying the Tzitzis Strings

November 5, 2011, by

9:5 When tying the strings, the practice is to make five double knots with four spaces between them. One puts four strings through the hole, then ties two knots. He then wraps the longest string around the rest seven times, followed by another two knots. It is wrapped around eight times followed by two knots, […]

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38. The Holes of the Tzitzis

November 4, 2011, by

9:3 The hole through which the strings are inserted should be no farther from the edge of the garment than three times the width of a thumb. The stringent opinion, which it is recommended to follow, measures the width of the knuckle, which is the widest part. (A thumb-width, called an agudal in Hebrew, is […]

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37. The Mitzvah of Tzitzis

November 3, 2011, by

9:1 The mitzvah of wearing tzitzis is very great because many other mitzvos depend upon it. The Torah tells us (Numbers 15:39) that when we look at the tzitzis, we will be reminded of God’s commandments so that we may perform them. The 613 mitzvos are alluded to by the numerical value of the word […]

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