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Feb 1, 2007

tekhelet represents....

Check out this article from Rav Dovid Bar Hayyim on why Tekhelet is not more widespread....

12 comments:

  1. Interesting article. Makes you "blue" lol

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  2. I want to get a Talit that is completely Tekhelet; would it require Tzitzit?

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  3. Interesting article. Problem is he supplies no facts, and doesn't bother to discuss the halachic issues that the allegedly "great rabbis" discuss. Instead he engages in a stupid ad hominem attack about the unwillingness to change and leaves it at that.
    Next....

    The funny things is that aside from the halachic issues, I believe that one of the reasons more people don't wear Techeilis is because of the type of people who do. This article is a great example of that. A heap of fanaticism with little to back it up.

    Don't forget that others also believed that they knew for certain what techieles was and now we're no so sure. Did it occur to him that he might just be wrong?

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  4. Quite interesting, but not nearly as complete as the article in an old edition of ‘Contemporary Halacha.’

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  5. the article was not explaining the proofs or the halachic issues surrounding the tekhelet. There are plenty of articles available on these topics. The objective of his article was a criticism of those who are against the tekhelet and how he sees it as being against what the tekhelet represents.

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  6. "The objective of his article was a criticism of those who are against the tekhelet and how he sees it as being against what the tekhelet represents."

    Correct! And as such it was very poorly argued. Other than a wild assumption that he backs up with zero facts he offers nothing of substance.
    Truly, an unimpressive offering from someone who'm I'd have imagined to be capable of much more.

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  7. sholom - is this meant to be funny or is it in the vein of korach?

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  8. There is a tradition from the Vilna Gaon that the Mitzvah of Techeiles will not return until the coming of Moshiach. He actually interpreted a Passuk in Chumash that way.

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  9. ift - I never heard that before. do you know the source for that? where can this GRA be found?

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  10. I think that change or renewal within the halachic framework is a big topic that is too easily rejected by complacent people who start name-calling. Tekhelet is small fry. What happens if/when the Yishmaelim listen to their elders who know that Har HaBayit belongs to the Jews and finally leave? For argument's sake, let's say that we also find the foundations of the mizbeach. Will people bring Korban Pesach--or prefer to suffer karet since the "mesora has been lost"??

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  11. Radzyner Rebbi (Rabbi Gershon Hanoch Leiner) –- Pioneered a quest for tekhelet which led to the isolation of a certain type of squid (Sepia officinalis) as its source. Subsequent chemical analysis identified the dye as Prussian blue, the color of which derives from added chemicals and not from the squid itself. This is something the Rebbi himself would not have countenanced, as he writes: the color must be exclusively from the hillazon. The Rebbi’s three books on the subject (Sfunei Temunei Chol, Ptil Tekhelet, Ein HaTekhelet) still serve as a basis for halakhic investigation. See www.tekhelet.com.

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  12. Rafi -
    I have seen it in a number of Seforim, besides being told so by a number of my Rabbeim.
    For quick reference, see the Sefer "Pninim M'Shulchan Gavoah" at the end of Parshas Shlach.

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