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Stripes of All Colors - Why Do We Have Them On Our Tallis?
The Trumas HaDeshem was noheg to have dark blue on the end of the Tallis as a remembrance of the Tcheiles. Black is similar in color and black stripes stems from that minhag. Sefardim wear white stripes because the strings according to the Rambam should be the exact same color as the garment. Additionally pure white symbolizes mercy and forgiveness. According to Ashkenazic custom it is sufficient that most of the garment is white but it is important that the black stripe should not be exactly on the edge of the garment. The Shela differentiates between weekday and Shabbos since the minhag on Shabbos is to where all white.
The Rambam says that if one wears a red or green garment the tzitzis should be the identical color. Other say that even the Rambam agrees that white is okay even for a colored garment. (Piskei Tshuva)
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