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The Obligation

The Obligation


The mitzvah of tzitzit requires fringes to be tied to the corners of any four-cornered garment worn by men and boys.1

It is considered a great mitzvah to wear tzitzit throughout the day. The Torah tells us that looking at the tzitzit fringes reminds us to observe the mitzvot at all times and protects against the urges and impulses of the heart. Thus the importance of wearing tzitzit at all times is quite obvious. Nontheless, there is no requirement to observe this mitzvah unless actually wearing a four-cornered garment.

Even one who does not wear tzitzit throughout the day should wear tzitzit (or a tallit) while reciting the morning Shema and prayers.

It is customary to begin educating young boys to wear tzitzit when they reach the age of three.


Women are exempt from this mitzvah and are discouraged from wearing tzitzit or a tallit.
Women are exempt from all mitzvot which carry a time contingency. Thus they are also exempt from the mitzvah of tzitzit, which is only observed during daytime hours (see The Proper Time).
The fact that women are exempt from this mitzvah demonstrates their heightened spiritual awareness, which renders it unnecessary for them to wear artificial reminders to observe the mitzvot!

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October 1, 2013
Tzitzis are not tokens of pride
On the subject of women wearing tzitzis, tzitzis are not tokens of pride. they are REMINDERS. So no women should be envious of tzitzis, because they are on a higher spiritual level than men so they don't need them. In my opinion and in most Jews throughout the world, women should not wear tzitzis.
July 25, 2013
Please show me in the Torah where a woman wore a tallit or the tzitzit. Please.
July 23, 2013
I want to know more about talit and tzizit. Thank You. I am a Jewish man
Obadyah Mensah
Decatur GA
July 17, 2013
If that is the case that women are higher spiritual than men.
Why then do they require less responsibility for righteousness. Am new in the faith
Sampson Edeth David
lagos nigeria
May 30, 2013
In the footnote, it says the women are not required to wear them because of their heightened spiritual awareness. I am looking for the source for this in the writings of the sages. I'm sure I remember reading it once, but now I can't find it. Can someone point me to it?
April 9, 2013
RE: Must you wear a vest before the tzitzit?
The basic halachah is that you need not wear another garment between your tzitzit and your body. However, there are many who do. This is because wearing the tzitzit directly on your skin means that you will end up sweating onto it, which is not terribly respectful. Furthermore, there are those who rule that a garment whose purpose is to absorb sweat does not constitute a proper tallit. Wearing an undershirt ensures that the tzitzit does not become such a garment.
Menachem Posner
April 9, 2013
Must you wear a vest before the tzitzit?
Or can they be worn next to the skin?
October 8, 2011
Can a Torah observant non-Jew who is new to the faith wear a Tallit in Shull...?
Mr. David Morris
May 11, 2011
If you observe men and women in action, you'll find that yes, women absolutely do appear to be more innately spiritual than men. I have no doubt of that at all.

Eve may have taken the first bite, but Adam wasted no time taking the second. In that, their responsibility was equal.

And Sharon has the right idea--do what brings you closer to God, whether it's specifically commanded or not. And never get so bogged down in minutiae that you forget the original purpose behind any observance.
Stuart, Florida
July 24, 2010
Tzitzit are not forbidden to females. They are just not required. I am adult female and I have started wearing tzitzit, because I need them. They help tremendously throughout the day. I highly recomend them.
El Paso, TX
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