Tekheles Strings

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R. Shlomo Aviner on wearing tekheles (blue) strings on your tallis and tzitzis garments (link):

Q: Should I wear the techelet (blue string) which is available today on my tzitzit?

A: Almost all of the great Sages of our generation do not agree with this new techelet and our eyes see that they do not wear it on their tzitzit. We should therefore act in the same way, except for a person whose Rabbi tells him to wear it, as we say, “Get yourself a Rabbi.”

Let me state for the record that R. Hershel Schachter wears tekheles and tells people that Rav Soloveitchik would never have worn it.

For a longer article in Hebrew by R. Aviner see here (link – PDF) and two responses here (link 1 – PDF, link 2 – PDF).

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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