One of the first commandments performed in a boy’s lifetime is that of Tzitzit, also known as Tzitzis. We are commanded to wear fringes on a four-cornered garment, which is normally worn all day.
The garment to which the tzitzit are attached looks like a white poncho. It has a head hole and is open on the sides. There are typically one or two holes by each corner; these holes are where the strings are tied to the garment. The tzitzis garment is worn like a poncho, usually under whatever shirt is being worn that day and it covers the torso of the body.
There are a few options when picking out a tzitzit garment. The most popular is a tzitzit garment made of cotton. This garment is light and is practically unnoticeable by the wearer. For those who are partial to fulfilling the commandment by the strict opinion, there are Tzitzit garments made of wool. These garments are heavier and typically have either black or white strips across the bottom. They also have knotting along the front bottom edge similar to what is found on a Tallit. Tzitzit come in the shape of a T-shirt worn under clothing so they do not require Tallit Clips the way Tallit prayer shawls do. Wool tzitzit garments tend to be more expensive than cotton tzitzit.
For those who want to combine an undershirt with their Tzitzit garment, there is T-Shirt Tzitzit. This style of tzitzit looks like a T-Shirt cut halfway up the middle of the sides. Like all other styles of tzitzis, there are holes by the corners where you can tie the strings. This style is perfect for children.
For those who do not want to tie their own tzitzit strings, you can buy a tzitzit garment with the strings already tied. These tzitzit garments are the most expensive and since the strings are already tied, your options are based how the strings are tie and therefore your options of tzitzit garments are based on the strings, which are tied either as Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam or Rambam. These tzitzit make for good Bar Mitzvah gifts. And for those who wish to have blue strings on their tzitzit strings, there are numerous options available. Like those without blue strings, your options are based on how the strings are tied; however your options include Radzyner, Rav Amram Ga’on, Rambam, Ra’avad, Tosafot, Baal HaTur, Vilna Ga’on, Sefer HaHinuch, Chabad and Yeshiva University, as well as Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam. These are the most expensive tzitzit you can buy and will keep you looking your finest during Jewish Holidays. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding Tzitzit.