Monday, July 8, 2013

Length of Threads and Stolen Wool

p. 33 Chapter Eleven   The Strands of the Zizit and how they are Woven

3. The eight threads on each corner must be at least four gudalim long and according to some opinions twelve gudalim (24 cm./9.5 ins.); the custom is to follow the second opinion.  There is no maximum length (Shulchan Aruch 11).  If they were made longer than the necessary length one may shorten them without thereby incurring the problem of Ta'aseh, veloh min heassuy (being 'ready-made') (Rema).  If they were made from stolen wool they are unfit to be used as learnt from the verse (Numbers 15, 38) 'and they shall make for themselves Zizit...' - that is, from their legally owned property. (Sh. Ar. ibid.)

Note from us: Please consult your own rabbi to find out what to do - these are for learning purposes only.
As quoted from:
Shulchan HaMelech, a Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 3 volumes as compiled by Maharan HaRav Shmuel Laniado z'al, 1923 with the supplement "Al HaShulchan" containing various opinions compiled by Ezra Basri, Chief Justice of the District Court, Jerusalem in 1992.

We would like to dedicate this learning for the speedy and complete recovery of two people: our friends' 5-year-old son, Joseph Benjamin, son of Ireneusz Khrystof, diagnosed in April with ALL leukemia, and a longtime friend of the family, Frank, son of Joseph, having thyroid surgery soon. Please have them in mind when studying. If you would like updates on their progress, please let me know so I can tell you when I find out from either or both.

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