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Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Should You Wear Tcheiles in Your Tzitzis??

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Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Should You Wear Tcheiles in Your Tzitzis??
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The Radziner Rebbe found what he considered to be authentic Tcheiles. The Rabbonim of his generation did not accept the wearing of Tcheiles or encourage others to do so. This very much disturbed the Radziner Rebbe since there was no downside to wearing it even it is not authentic. Best case, if it is the real thing you are mikayem the mitzvah of wearing tcheiles in you tzitzis. If not it is anyway permissible to have tzitzis of different colors.

Rav Moshe Shternbuch in his tshuvos (1:26) conjectures that the reason for this explicit rejection is that since if one thinks his tcheiles is real and in fact it isn't he can be "Oveir" Baal Tosif for having in mind to do a mitzvah of wearing extra colors that the Torah never commanded. Moreover says Rav Shternbuch now that it hasn't been accepted (unless you are a Radziner Chasid or you have a family minhag) if someone wears it he can be "oveir" on "Lo Sisgodidu" which is an issur for creating splinters within the community.

On an aggadic note he adds that Tcheiles is a relevant reminder in days when there is Giluy Shechina. That's why it disappeared after the days of the Tannaim. He finds it hard to believe that nowadays we have reached any significant level that we have merited the return of authentic Tcheiles and we will probably need to wait for Moshiach to get the real thing.

Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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