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Inventor's reason for inventing the Retractable Tzitzit  

One day I saw my 4-year-old son struggling to keep the Tzitzit from falling into soiled water while using the restroom and there wasn’t much I could do to help him except invent a retractable pair of Tzitzit. 

Tzitzit is a commandment from Hashem revealed to us by Moishe Rabainu at Har Sinai.

Tzitzit bind us to Hashem and are a constant reminder of our love for Him. Wearing Tzitzit is one of only a few mitzvot that we can perform with little effort, yet earn a mitzvah for every moment of observation. Other examples of such mitzvoth are Brit Milah, Succah (while you are inside it), as well as the mitzvah we earn while money we have lent remains outstanding.

 Wearing Tzitzit plays a role in our daily lives, as well as over our lifetime. This mitzvah has a direct relationship to another central mitzvah, that of saying Kriat Sh’ma. Kriat Sh’ma contains within itself the Parsha of Tzitzit. Like TzitzitKriat Sh’ma professes our love for Hashem, It is recited every morning and every evening and contains within itself the commandment of Tzitzit.  If  Hashem wills it,  we may reach a high level of holiness and say Kriat Sh’ma when death is imminent.  That the command to wear Tzitzit is contained in the most important and holy recitation of Judaism, shows how important and beneficial this mitzvah is.

 Kriat Sh’ma begins with the love of Hashem and ends with the proclamation of Hashem’s total reality and truth, and his special bond with Am YisroelTzitzit too is an expression of love for Hashem, our dedication to His existence and truth, and binds us, together with Tefillin and Mezuza, also mentioned in Kriat Sh’ma, to Hashem as His chosen people.  No wonder that the night before a bris, we recite Kriat Sh’ma with the newborn, since he is entering the covenant between Hashem and His people.  When a boy’s hair is cut for the first time at three years of age, he proudly dons a yarmulka and Tzitzit as he comes to the realization of Hashem’s reality and truth, and learns to love Him and rely on Him.

 Let us examine the level of respect we must give our Tzitzit. When we dispose of them when they wear out, we handle them similarly to the body of a dead person or a Sefer Torah, or books containing Torah.  They all must be buried, which is the highest level of respect.   (I do not believe that the Halacha mandates that Tzitzit must be buried.  Chaeck with a Rov  --AT.)  Holy books and scrolls, as well certain other Judaic items, are not even brought into the bathroom, with the exception of a Sidur and in that case we have very strict respectful guidelines. We don’t even bring food into the bathroom, yet with Tzitzit we have no such rule, because we have not had a practical alternative - until now.

 Did bringing your Tzitzit into the bathroom, or seeing your children soiling their Tzitzit, ever disturb you? Did you wish that there were a solution to that problem?  Well, recently a solution was developed by Tom Stern, the inventor who devised a creative solution that allows you to efficiently retract your Tzitzit into the Begged so that there is no disrespect to them. Not only does this development solve the bathroom problem, but it solves the problem of tangling during laundering, and prevents problems involving sporting activities such as bicycling, etc.

 Those are only a few of the advantages of Mr. Stern’s interesting invention. This technology is a practical, as well as an aesthetic advancement.









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