Tying Overview

Watch a brief video explaining the major issues to take
into consideration when purchasing or tying tekhelet

String Options

There are three opinions among the Rishonim with respect to the ratio of white strings to Tekhelet strings:

  • Rambam Half of one string (when folded becomes one of the eight strings) is Tekhelet. The Rambam understands the pasuk in Bemidbar in the following manner: put upon the fringe of each corner (= white) one thread of Tekhelet. Only the windings (ptil) around the white core (k’naf) must be Tekhelet (Hilchot Tzitzit 1;6)
  • Raavad and the Aruch, based on the Sifre in Shelach hold that one full string (when folded becomes two of the eight strings) must be Tekhelet (Hasagot, Hilchot Tzitzit 1;6)
  • Tosafot-Rashi Two full strings (when folded becomes four of the eight strings) must be Tekhelet (Menachot 39a and 41b “Bet Shammai”)

Tying Options

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