Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Halocho #1090 - Are my Tzitzit Kosher?

On each of the 4 corners of a Tallis there are 4 strings threaded through the hole. The resulting 8 strings are knotted and twisted one-third of their length and two-thirds is left as tassels. 

If one of the 8 tassels gets cut off - even completely - the Tzitzit are still Kosher. If two of the 8 tassels get cut off the Tzitzit may no longer be Kosher. A tassel shorter than 4 "thumbs" - about 8-10 cm is considered "cut off". 

Each tassel of the Tzitzit is made of multiple strands of wool twisted together. If Tzitzit start untwisting then the frayed section doesn't count as part of the minimal length. 

If the Tzitzit get ripped out of the hole they are hanging on, they cannot be put back in; they have to be untied and then re-tied after the hole is repaired. 

If a Tallis rips into 2 pieces - or a corner gets ripped off - then the Tzitzit on the smaller piece have to be re-tied after the pieces are sewn back together. 

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 9:13, 15.

- Danny
Tuesday, 20 Iyar 5773 - 35th day of the Omer

Please daven for the complete recovery of a little boy diagnosed with lymphoma:
 יונתן-שמחה בן לאה-רבקה

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