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Women Wearing Tzitzis
Although women don’t wear
there were a few that did.
tells us that R’ Yehuda would affix Techailes (Tzitzis) to the four-cornered
cloak of his wife. R’ Amram Chasida also placed Tzitzis on his wife’s cloak.
writes even though by other מצות עשה הזמן גרמא; positive commandment governed by time
like Succa and Lulav women are accustomed to performing and saying a Bracha…, by
Tzitzis they are not accustomed to except by one out of a thousand like Michal
Bas Shaul and the like. Therefore they shouldn’t wear Tzitzis.
It is said that the first Rebbitzen
of the Ohr Hachaim (1696-1743) wore Tallis and Tefillin like Michal Bas Shaul.
It is also related that the second wife of the Ohr Hachaim as well did this.
(1365-1427) writes …although I saw women who wear Tzitzis and one of them live
in our neighborhood,
it seems that it is strange, it is considered Gaava and they are called הדיוטות.
Let us conclude with the
comments of Targum Yonasan on לא יהיה כלי גבר על אשה;
male garb shall not be worn on a woman- לא
יהיה גוליין דציצית ותפילין; a woman shouldn’t wear Tzitzis and Tefillin.
R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai
Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman
Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites
and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim
where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching
Jews of all levels of observance.
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