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Tallit Fringes

People can be very detail-oriented when looking for just the right tallit. I would like to criticize this tendency, saying style issues should be downplayed when buying a tallit -- except that I'm no different. One of those details is the fringes. Tallit fringes are pretty much the same on about 90% of tallitot, but some [...]

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This year's holiday schedule

We have had a very high volume of orders flooding in starting a few weeks before Rosh Hashana and have been working overtime to get them out as quickly as possible. Our tzitzit tie-er is worked to the bone and I have been staying at the office until well into the night (one night until [...]

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What size tallit should I get for my husband (or chassan)?

We often get inquiries from women who want to be a tallit for their husband (or soon-to-be husband) and write to me saying they have no clue what size to get him. No need to apologize. He probably doesn't know his tallit size either. Here's an exchange many of our readers might find helpful: Hi there. My [...]

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Tashbetz Tallit with side bands and half lining

The Tashbetz is a fabulous lightweight tallit and perhaps Mishkan Hatchelet's best-selling tallit. In most cases adding side bands and/or a half lining is probably a bad idea. The following is an exchange with a customer explaining why.Hi Ben,Thanks for the response. Sorry for my long delay.Yes, I ordered my smaller blue tallit from you [...]

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Do tzitzit need to have five knots? What about Yemenite tying?

There's a lot of confusion and ambiguity over the question how one should tie techelet tzitzit. Recently we received this email from a customer who ordered a tallit with Rambam tying."I was just approached about the Talit Gadol that I have received with the 13 chulyot tying method. And I was told that it is invalid and [...]

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Types of tzitzit strings: Machine-spun, hand-spun and Niputz Lishmah

This week we received an order that looked a bit odd to me: several tallit katan products sized for very small boys and thick Niputz Lishmah tzitzit strings to tie on them. I contacted the customer to clarify, and discovered that the order was placed by a very conscientious mother who has a few gaps [...]

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How to tie Breslov tzitzit

We don't do a lot of Breslov tying, but we do offer it as an option. The following is an email exchange with a customer who wanted to try tying Breslov tzitzit himself.BS''DShalom,I saw on your website that you now tie tzitzis according to the Breslov minhag. I would like to know how exactly you [...]

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Tzitzit Tying Activity for Campers

At this time of year we typically get inquiries both from parents preparing their kids for camp, and from Jewish camp staff members, asking about tzitzit tying activities. Here's an inquiry we received this week:I'm looking to purchase tzitzis strings and the beged (separately) for 35 teenage boys to make tzitzis as a camp activity. Can [...]

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Ptil Tekhelet Offer for Parshas Shlach

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 [...]

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Tzitzit strings: How many blue threads?

Most online tzitzit vendors that sell blue threads, either Radzyn or Ptil Tekhelet (Murex trunculus) sell only all blue strings. But we also offer them with half blue/half white strings. This option tends to confuse our customers a bit. Here's a recent inquiry on the topic:I would like to order tzitzit strings for my son's [...]

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