DIY mitzvah gear

Just posted to my own blog, Jerusalem Syndrome, with instructions on how to make a tallit katan for a female-shaped body. So, all you ladies out there who’ve been wanting to take on the mitzvah of tzitzit but wanting either something that fits properly under your clothes and/or something that’s not beged ish, the blueprint’s in writing now.
The post is long, so I’ll just link to it, rather than taking up all of JewSchool’s space. Go here.
(I’m sure some of you are now itching to inform me in the comments that women are not obligated to positive time-bound mitzvot. And generally speaking, that’s correct. However, we are not, by any of the classical sources, forbidden, either, and there are plenty of sources (including but not limited to the Gemara, the Tosafot, the Ran, the Rambam, the Rema, Iggerot Moshe and Tzitz Eliezer) who explicitly permit women to take on PTBM. I’m not interested in playing deuling sources, but if people want some specific citations, I’ve got them at the bottom of the post I just linked to.)
Fringe it up, y’all.

5 thoughts on “DIY mitzvah gear

  1. It seems pointless to me. Im not intrested in wearing a tallit at all. But i guesse other girls may for some reason be jealous..
    Do we have to be exactly the same? Is their any good in that? What’s wrong with diffrent roles?

  2. For me, it’s not about being “the same” as anybody, it’s about having the opportunity to take on a mitzvah. Mitzvah = good. *shrug*

  3. once upon a time, the talmud regarded deaf people as being mentally incapacitated, and thus they were not obligated to keep mitzvot. but as our understanding of the deaf evolved, and we understood that they were not mentally unfit, but rather merely limited in their aural and vocal capacity, they too became obligated to do mitzvot. if that’s the case, i’d argue that women are obligated, because the àùä of the talmud are not the women of today. women today are not kept in the dark (or the kitchen as it were). they are out in the world, working and engaging with in the same manner in which men are. they are learning talmud and torah, and so on and so forth. thus, any woman who finds herself in that category should be obligated under halakha to observe the same mitzvot mean are required to.

  4. BS”D
    Thank you, Danya, for this fab garb.
    Thank YOU, mobius1ski, for echoing my own Orthodox rabbi’s words. When will we either re-categorise women or re-define “Ishah”?

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