quoting Rav Natronai Gaon has five knots. Between each knot, seven or thirteen twists,with the twists alternating white then tekhelet. Between the second and third knot, the amount of twists is not definite.Raavad, Based on the Sifre in Shelach holds that one full string (when folded it becomes two of theeight) must be tekhelet.
) are medieval commentaries on the Talmud. They take theform of critical and explanatory glosses, printed, in almost all Talmud editions, on the outer margin andopposite
's notes.According to Tosafot (and Rashi), of the four strings placed on a corner, two are to be blue and two areto be white (resulting in four blue and four white strings when the strings are folded through the cornerhole).
The Baalei Tosafot - consists of 5 knots, in between which there are four groups of winds. Groups 1, 2, 3consist of a white chulya (of three winds) and a blue chulya (of three winds). Group 4 consists of a singlewhite chulya.
As to the question of the Tosafot using two full strands of Tekhelet,
and you shall place on the tzitzit of your corner a PTIL tekhelet,
though the standard translation of
there is support forthe word
carrying the meaning of
- i.e., multiple strands.Vilna Gaon called this version into question for its use of two Tekhelet strings. The Raavad also takesissue with this and holds that of the four strings placed on a corner, one is to be blue and three are to bewhite (resulting in two blue and six white strings when the strings are folded through the corner hole).
The common Baal Ha'Itur tying method is explained by Rabbi Binyomin Zev.
.Rabbi Binyomin (son of Matityahu).