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Tefilin – part 1
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Torah Mitzva Have in mind that you are doing a mitzva of the Torah while putting on tefilin. When Tefilin Straps Become Holy The straps on tefilin become holy objects once they have been used. Holiness: Head and Arm Tefilin Boxes The box for holding the head tefila (tefila shel rosh) has a higher level of […]
463. Non-White Tzitzis
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Tzitzis 2:8 If a garment is entirely red, green, or some color other than white, the strings of its tzitzis should be the same color as the garment – green on a green garment, red on a red garment, etc. If the garment itself is techeiles, its non-techeiles strings should be any color other than […]
462. Buying Techeiles
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Tzitzis 2:6 One may buy techeiles from a seller with an impeccable reputation and it need not be checked. One may rely on such a seller’s reputation until there is a reason to suspect otherwise. If a Jew entrusts techeiles to a non-Jew for safekeeping, it is no longer valid out of concern that he […]
461. Validating Techeiles
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Tzitzis 2:4 Techeiles should only be bought from a known seller out of concern that it may not have been dyed with the intention to be used for the mitzvah. Even when purchased from a known seller, if it was checked and found to have been dyed with some other dark dye that is not […]
460. How Techeiles is Made
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Tzitzis 2:2 The techeiles of tzitzis is dyed as follows: first, wool is soaked in lime (the calcium type, not the fruit). Next, it is washed until clean, then boiled with bleach as dyers do to prepare it to hold the dye. The chilazon is a shellfish from the Mediterranean Sea that is the color […]