does a lack of kavanah for making the tzitzis for the sake of the mitzvah a
problem as soon as the strings are put into the hole but this concept of making
it properly in order and not out of order and just falling into place is only
an issue once you start tying the strings, especially if they are learned out
of the same verse?
A. An example of out of order would be folding and pushing
through one big string through the hole then cutting it into 8 strings so that
they can be tied.
B. Another example is tying the strings before the corners were made into real corners instead of rounded.
Answer: The mitzvah process starts as soon as the strings start going through the hole so you need proper intent but you didn’t actually start making something until you start tying so have a bit more time to get it into the right order.
According to the Levush what is the difference whether one corner of tzitzis
broke and you only have to retie that corner, but if one corner was tied when
the corners were rounded and then all four corners were made pointed and the
rest of the corners were tied properly, you still have to redo all of them
A. There is a concept by tzitzis that they must
be made in the right order, not that everything is done and automatically the
mitzvah falls into place once it is all sorted.
B. Example of the wrong way is tying tzitzis on
a three-corner garment then cutting a fourth corner and tying it.
You have to retie all four corners because the four corners must be there first then tie
Magen Avraham questioned why the 3-corner case was a problem since the other corners
were tied properly why should all the tzitzis be invalid since one was?
Furthermore, the Machatzis Hashekel asks why it is no different than one
tzitzis breaking, why isn’t it that the tzitzis on the other 3 corners are also
invalidated and they all would have to be retied?
D. The Levush does say that all the tzitzis
strings were made in an invalid state and stayed invalid because it was
automatically set not made right, from the start.
E. The tallis is part of the mitzvah of tzitzis because the tallis and tzitzis become one piece of clothing.
Answer: Once one corner was made out of order then the whole garment is invalidated even if the other three tzitzis strings were tied after the fourth corner was cut out so all of them have to be redone but if all strings were tied properly on a kosher garment and then one string broke that does not mean all four have to be restrung because the garment is still valid, only the one string broke so only that one must be fixed.