Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes in the corners of their garments and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue. And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray (Bamidbar 15:38-39) The Torah commands us to make tzitzit for ourselves – V’asu Lahem Tzitzit (Bamidbar 15:38). Citing this verse the Talmudic Sages explain that tzitzit strings must be made with intent ("Lishmah"), i.e. when making the strings you must intend for them to be used for the mitzvah of tzitzit. Therefore according to halacha, when making tzitzit strings you must have the mitzvah of tzitzit in mind. You cannot simply buy or make strings and then call them tzitzit.
A Tallit is a rectangular piece of clothing with its four corners strung and tied with decorations called Tzitzit. Mishkan T'chelet fleece Tallitot are produced using a unique Tartan weave that makes them cooler and will not slip off your shoulders. Jews, unwavering in faith, wear the tallit amid petition to God in the synagogue each morning. Mishkan T'chelet additionally makes the extraordinary shawls called tallit katan that are worn consistently and every day to satisfy the mitzvah of tzitzit each waking moment.
The tallit is customarily made of unadulterated lambswool, in light of the fact that, as indicated by the Shulchan Aruch, all material articles of clothing having 4 corners oblige edges as per the Torah. The Chachamim force connecting tzitzit garments made of other common strands as a result of Torah Law. As per a few, just rabbinic announcements extend the prerequisite for tzitzit to engineered fabrics, be that as it may, tallitot have long been woven from acrylic and silk strings, and all powers permit/request that they are decorated with tzitzit.
Herein lies the difference between the various levels of tzitzit production:
Machine-spun tzitzit (often referred to as "Kaful Shmoneh") Handspun tzitzit ("avodat yad") Niputz Lishmah tzitzit Machine-spun tzitzit are made by machine, of course. The person operating the machine has "mitzvah intent" when he presses the buttons to activate the machine. According to the more lenient opinions, this is sufficient and the tzitzit are considered kosher. This is the type of tzitzit that comes standard on most Tallit Gadol and Tallit Katan products.
According to other opinions, the tzitzit must be spun by hand.
And finally, according to the most stringent opinion, the tzitzit strings must not only be spun by hand ("Tevia") but in fact must be made with mitzvah intent starting at an early stage in the production process, carding ("Niputz"). These tzitzit strings are commonly referred to as Niputz Lishmah.
The main stages in the tzitzit production process are Gozez (shearing), Libun (bleaching), Niputz (carding), Tevia (spinning), and Shezira (plying). According to the Shulchan Aruch the Tevia must be done Lishmah (i.e. the spinning must be done with mitzvah intent). The Rema notes that according to some opinions the Niputz stage must also be done Lishmah (carding with mitzvah intent), though he adds that the prevalent custom is to be lenient.
Note that all of the above only refers to the making of the tzitzit strings. Once you have kosher strings, according to all halachic opinions they must be tied on the tallit or tallit katan garment by hand; there is no such thing as "pre-tied" tzitzit that can then be attached.
Thin or Thick? Whether to choose thin or thick tzitzit strings is essentially a question of aesthetics. Typically thin tzitzit are tied on a tallit katan, although some may prefer thick, which are less likely to break and may be a bit easier to tie. On a Tallit Gadol, thin Tzitzit are generally standard. A high-end traditional wool tallit is often be sold with no tzitzit, and in that case, thick Tzitzit strings are more commonly used.
Ashkenazi or Sephardic? The essential difference between Ashkenazi tzitzit and Sephardic tzitzit is the way in which they are tied. The actual tzitzit strings are the same. The only difference between "Ashkenazi tzitzit strings" and "Sephardic tzitzit strings" is the kashrut organization that supervises the production. In some cases, even two different organizations use the exact same production supervisors.
All our Mishkan HaTechelet Taleisim are certified Kosher- L'mehadrin min HaMehadrin, & Shatnez free under the supervision of Rabbi Aryeh Levin, Shlit"a, the Tzitzit are "Kaful Shemoneh" unless you choose personal customizing requests, and the Talit is of "Tzemer Rechelim" wool.
Please contact us should you want Tzitziot tied according to a specific Nusach, White, or Ptil Techelet, or any other custom requests, Thanks!
Mishkan Hatchelet specializes in creating traditional Tallitot, with a unique flair. As always, their top-quality weave and perfect finish are special in their own right. The Tallit is made from 100% wool of ewes and designed with an eye to detail and a love for the special and important craft of creating prayer shawls. It can be paired with either machine-made or hand-made fringes, both of which are quality, elegant, and guaranteed kosher. The Atara has a beautiful rendition of the blessing over the Tallit in it, too. Perfect as a gift and perfect for yourself, this seemingly plain Tallit has gorgeous details and is an image of simple traditional Jewish beauty.
Please note: when adding special features to the tallit, customization is made, and a custom product is created just for you therefore we cannot accept returns or refunds.
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