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Halacha - Lapels as corners for tzitzit
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Beis Yosef and Darkei Moshe cite numerous reasons to justify the common custom of not tying Tzitzis on an outer garment despite having 4 corners. Some of those rationalizations are relevant our jackets as well. Therefore, there is ample support for not looking unusual and wearing Tzitzis on your jacket.

Generally, short jacket never is split the majority, but this could be an issue with a frock/kapota, although they are custom made for frum Jews and always shave a rounded corner. The issue is most relevant for coats.

If the front bottom corners are rounded as common on a single-breasted jacket, there is no requirement for Tzitzis at all. If they are basically square like a double-breasted one, they would count as square, as even a Tallis does not have perfectly sharp corners like Tefillin do.

So, if your double-breasted coat has a large slit and square corners and you feel that you want to be Machmir and not rely upon any of the Beis Yosef and Darkei Moshe's justifications; the appropriate place to tie the Tzitzis would be the 4 bottom corners and not the lapels. However, I don't suggest doing this. As my Rosh Yeshiva once said, "There is an Inyan to be normal".

As a side point, I have seen some long jackets in Yerusholaim where the lapels are rounded, presumable to avoid any question of having four square corners.

posted:2013-02-09 22:44:37  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tallis
Submitted by Garet Benson  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: While the shiur is the same, the Shulchan Aruch in OC 10:11 writes that a scarf is exempt from tzitzis. Therefore if one said a beracha on such a talis it would be a beracha l'vatala. Additionally the Rema 10:12 writes that one must have 2 tzitzis in the front and 2 in the back, and the scarf taleisim have all 4 in front.
posted:2010-11-22 10:07:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - bracha on tzitzit
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Mishna Berura writes that one only makes separate berachos if there is a complete interuption between the talis katan and gadol. Just walking to shul would not meet that criteria.
posted:2010-04-16 09:11:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Talis Gadol
Submitted by Naftali  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: The Torah only requires wearing tzitzis on the occasion that one happens to be wearing a four-cornered garment, however it is commendable to go out of ones way to wear one and make ones self obligated in the mitzva, and in fact one who does not may be punished under certain circumstances. Wearing a talis during davening is purely an minhag, though a universally accepted one for married men. Wearing one before the chasuna is another step n the original minhag, but certainly not a requirement of Halacha. Therefore, if your Rav paskened that in your situation you should not wear a talis, there is no need to do anything at all.
posted:2010-04-07 12:45:54  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shulchan aruch
Submitted by Shlomo M.  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Yalkut Yosef writes that the minhag Sefaradi is not to recite "al mitzvat tzitzit" at all and to rely on "l'hitatef" on the talit gadol.
posted:2009-12-16 20:39:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - shul talis
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

It is not necessary to have intention to acquire the talis, because it already belongs to the entire community. However the minhag is not to say a beracha, especially when only putting on the talis to receive an aliya or to duchen. Therefore, the Poskim recommend one be mafkir his portion in the talis to avoid the obligation to say a beracha.

posted:2009-07-13 19:16:04  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - talis for bachur
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Magen Avraham brings a Gemmora that implies that single men did not wear a talis over their head, and the Maharil writes that the minhag is not to wear one altogether. The explanation given is that the Torah writes the mitzvah of marriage immediately preceding the mitzvah of tzitzis to indicate that this is the order they are meant to be fulfilled in. Additionally there are reasons based on Kabbala. Sefardim and many communities in Western and Central Europe did wear taleisim from before the chasuna, because this is the implication of the majority of the Rishonim and Achronim and they did not accept the previous derasha as halacha l'maaseh.

posted:2008-12-03 03:06:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tzitzis and techeles
Submitted by josh  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

You heard correctly, the Terumas HaDeshen gives the reason of zecher l'techailes for the   black stripes. However, in Halacha there is no reason not to keep the stripes as long as the edge of the talis where the strings attach is white, and I recommend maintaining the common practice. However your question is valid as Maharshal and Chida write that there are Kabbalistic reasons to wear an all white talis.

posted:2008-11-30 00:18:27  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - beracha at night
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: At night one should not recite a new beracha, since many are of the opinion that one is not obligated to wear tzitzis at all by night. Even though I wrote previously that my opinion is to put them back on, certainly the beracha should not be said.
posted:2008-11-25 02:58:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tzitzis at night
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Certainly one may rely on a psak from Reb Moshe.

Reb Moshe's basis is that the Magen Avraham quotes a Bach that one may not wear a talis at night. Even though he acknowledges that this may be specific to a talis and not apply to tzitzis, there is a possibility of issur involved. Even though according to Tosafos and the Rosh there is a mitzva to wear tzitzis at night on a garment usually worn during the day, Reb Moshe writes that one would definitely never be punished for not going out of the way to wear a four cornered garment at night. He concludes, as you wrote, that there is no need or hiddur to put the tzitzis back on. However, it seems to me that since we do follow the opinion of Tosafos and the Rosh, that one who putts the tzitzis back on at night would be fulfilling a mitzva, and it should be at least a hiddur. I found that both Piskei Teshuvos and R' Tzvi Cohen in "Tzitzis Halachos Pesukos" agree with my reasoning.

Therefore, I still feel it is preferable to put on the tzitzis, but one would be completely reasonable following Reb Moshe who does not recommend it.

posted:2008-11-20 23:12:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Tzitzis
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Strictly speaking even during the day there is no obligation to wear tzitzis unless you happen to be wearing a four-cornered garment, and there is no obligation to put one on. However, the Gemorra says that someone who avoids fulfilling the mitzva of tzitzis by not wearing an obligated article of clothing will be punished during times of Divine wrath. Since we pasken that an object usually worn during the day is obligated in tzitzis even when worn by night, it is proper to put the tzitzis back on even by night.

posted:2008-11-07 14:00:01  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - wool tzitzis
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Many Ashkenazi Poskim, as brought in Mishna Berura, hold that a yarei shamaim should be machmir for the opinion that only a garment made from either wool or linen is obligated in tzitzis MiDeoraisa.
posted:2008-10-10 18:34:44  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Wrapping tallis around head after saying brocha
Submitted by Abba Silver  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There are two reasons mentioned for this custom. Since in the beracha on the tallis we say "l'hisatef b'tzitzis" many Gaonim held it was necessary to do the form of "ituf" the Gemara refers to as "atifas Yishmaelim" in the halachos of mourning, which means wrapping the entire body. However, the Shulchan Aruch rules like the Itur that for a tallis it is sufficient to wear it in the normal fashion, and therefore if one does not wrap himself he has still fulfilled the mitzva. Additionally, the Magen Avraham bring from the writings of the Ari zal that according to Kabbala it is appropriate to wrap oneself in the tallis. According to this reason also, one would still fulfill the mitzva if he did not wrap himself.

posted:2008-07-26 23:39:21  (2) comments   email to a friend


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