Thursday, December 19, 2013

Silk Tallith - What Type of Tzitzit?

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Parashath Noah, Laws of Ziziyoth, Page 12: We will IY"H break up this entry over several days.
1. (continued) (The reason for this [not using silk tzitziot] is that some Authorities (Birke Yosef) require that the throwing and reeling of the silk {i.e. two stages in its manufacture} be done lishmah, corresponding to the processes of spinning and drawing in the manufacture of wool {which all Authorities agree must be done lishmah}.  Even though it would appear that the Terumath Ha-Deshen z'l does not agree to this, a difference of opinion still remains on the subject and, moreover, Maran z'l may well agree with the former, and more stringent, opinion, and we should make every effort to take it into consideration. Therefore, if correctly made-silk ziziyoth are unobtainable, it is preferable to use ziziyoth made of wool, relying on the basic ruling of Maran z'l that woolen ziziyoth may be used on a tallith of any material {even though this means disregarding the ruling of R. Meir of Rothenburg that the ziziyoth must be of the same material as the tallith, no other solution to the problem can be found}.)

In conclusion, we see that a silk tallith, apart from only requiring ziziyoth mi-deRabbanan {according to some opinions}, has the added disadvantage that the ruling over which material should be used for the ziziyoth is a point of controversy.

This learning should be in memory of Maran, HaRav HaGaon Ovadia Yosef, ztz'l.

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