We get a considerable number of orders for tallit and tallit katan products with Yemenite/Rambam tzitzit. Many of our customers who order Rambam tzitzit are the kind of people who are likely to tie themselves, but of course to tie Rambam you really need a “mori” to show you. I was taught by a Yemenite Jew who lives nearby and used to be in my IDF reserve unit. The truth is, although he was quite patient, I wasn’t able to replicate his knots very well. Then later I went to another Yemenite down the block, who showed me a technique I found much easier to pick up.
Recently I received an email message from an intrepid customer who wants to tackle Rambam tying on his own.
I bought your tekhelet tzitzit and was told by my Rav to tie them in the Rambam style. I’ve looked at your videos and diagrams, and though I can get most of the way, I am a bit confused at tying the first chulya. After watching some videos, I can follow the instructions laid out by tekhelet.com up to step 8, and after that, I begin to have issues. This might be a weird question, but I would love if you could help me (perhaps over Skype) or show me another resource for tying the first chulya. I understand you’re busy, but my wife works in customer service and gets weird questions all the time, so my weird question is: Can you show me how to tie Rambam tekhelet tzitzit? I’d be willing to reimburse you for your time.
I realize these instructions are a bit hard to follow without me illustrating. I’ve been meaning to make a video on this for quite a while. Even if you can understand what I’m saying, there are certain fine points that should be demonstrated to ensure you don’t run into any entanglements.