Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Placement of Hole for Inserting Tzitzit

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

4. The hole for inserting the zizit should be made along the length of the tallit (the length of the tallit is spread around the wearer, its width is worn from the head towards the feet. Mishna Berura), no higher than three gudalim from the hem, otherwise it is not considered to be on the corner (as the Torah requires).  (The Be'er Hetev writes that if after having inserted zizit higher than permitted one cut the hole to allow the zizit to hang lower they are unfit for use because of the rule Ta'aseh, veloh min heassuy.)  The holde should not be made lower than the equivalent from the hem of the space between the thumb joint (kesher gudal) and the thumbnail (where it still touches the sin.  Pri Megadim) since the Torah says (Numbers 15, 39) '...on the corner', and below this space is considered to be under the corner.  (Sh. Ar. 11) in practice, no less than 3.5 cm. (1.4 in.) and no more than 6 cm. (2.35 in.)

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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