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Is tzitzit a requirement for any four-cornered garment?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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a) Only a four-cornered garment which is of a woven material is obligated in Tzitzit. A four-cornered plastic or leather garment does not require tzitzit. btw, the ideal way to perform the Mitzvah of tzitzit is with a woolen garment and woolen fringes.

b) Only a garment which covers most of the body requires tzitzit. Therefore, a scarf, for example, is exempt.


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Tallit & Tzitzit

Posted by: Betty A. Kidd, Goshen, IN on Aug 08, 2005

Is the Tallit and the Tzitzit the same garment?

Is my undersdtanding correct, that the Tallit is a prayer shawl worn on the outside, and the Tzitzit is to be worn under a shirt? Please explain!

Editor's Comment

You are correct with regards to common vernacular. The word tzitzit is used to describe the smaller fringed garment which is (normally) worn beneath the shirt, and the tallit is usually a reference to the larger prayer shawl. However, literally, the word tzitzit means fringes, and the word tallit means a garment.


Mitzvot » Tallit and Tzitzit

(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Literally: the fringes which are attached to four cornered garments, as Biblically mandated. Normally this word refers to a t-shirt sized four cornered garment which contains such fringes, and is usually worn beneath the shirt.