Aug 022012
 

Since tzitzit are the essence – the raison d’être – of a tallit or talit katan, we have broad know-how and expertise to guide you with tzitzit and tzitzit tying. Whether you opt to buy tzitzit strings separately or buy tzitzit tied onto a ready-to-wear tallit katan garment, we have a broad range of options to choose from.

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DIY tzitzit

Many people buy tzitzit strings and tie them onto their tallit themselves. Fulfilling a mitzvah yourself is always considered preferable to having someone else do it for you. Though in some cases – shechita, bris mila, making tefillin or writing a mezuzah, to name a few – you should generally leave it to a professional, tying tzitzit strings is a project that can be tackled by anyone with a bit of initiative.

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For aesthetic reasons, thin tzitzit are generally tied on a tallit katan, although some may prefer thick, which are less likely to break. On a tallit gadol, thin tzitzit are generally standard. Traditional black-and-white tallitot may be sold with no tzitzit, and often buyers will choose to go with thick tzitzit strings, again for reasons of aesthetics.

We have the largest selection of tzitzit for sale online, from thin machine-spun to thick handspun, and niputz lishmah, as well as a full line of techelet at unbeatable prices.

Tallit Katan

The Tallit Katan is a garment designed to allow you to fulfill the mitzvah of tzitzit all day. On each of the four corners is a hole through which the tzitzit strings are threaded and tied, according to various tying customs. Chassidic Jews have a custom of making two horizontally aligned holes in each corner, and according to Chabad, the holes are aligned diagonally.

A Tallit Katan is made of wool or cotton (or synthetic, which is preferred by some chassidim). According to halacha, wool is the ideal fabric for carrying out the mitzvah of tzitzit. The tzitzit strings themselves are always made of wool, but because some people refer to a tallit katan simply as “tzitzit,” a wool tallit katan may be referred to as “wool tzitzit” and a cotton tallit katan may be referred to as “cotton tzitzit.”

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The big question in the different types or grades of tzitzit is lishmah, i.e. with intention. According to halacha, when making tzitzit you must have the mitzvah of tzitzit in mind. You cannot simply buy or make strings and then call them tzitzit.

The question, then, is from what stage of the tzitzit making process is intention required?

Tzitzit Production

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Handmade tzitzit production line. Note the large sign on the wall reminding workers to keep the mitzvah in mind. Photo courtesy of www.COLlive.com

How are tzitzit made? The main stages in the tzitzit production process are known as gozez (shearing), libun (bleaching), niputz (carding), tevia (spinning) and shezira (plying). The basic halacha requirement stated in the Shulchan Aruch (O.C. 11:1) is that you must have tevia lishma (spinning with intention). The Rema notes that according to some opinions you should have niputz lishmah (carding with intention), though he adds that the custom is to be lenient.

Occasionally you will find tzitzit strings known as “lashonot tzemer,” which means they were made with intention starting a bit before the tevia (spinning). In English, “lashonot hatzemer” is wool rovings, which are pieces of wool that have been combed, drawn into a clump and then twisted slightly to hold the fibers together and to prepare them for spinning.

The Mishna Berura explains that the mitzvah of making tzitzit (ta’aseh lecha gedilim)  starts with tevia, however, he notes that the Prisha states in the name of the Maharal of Prague that one should try to obtain tzitzit with niputz lishma. The Aruch HaShulchan concurs with the Maharal of Prague.

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