Tzitzit for women – nature of exemption

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I understand that, due to the positive obligation of tzitzit, it would be better for a man not to wear a four-cornered garment than to wear one without fringes. I also understand that, under the right circumstances and with the right intentions, women can fulfill the mitzvah of tzitzit by actually wearing a four-cornered garment with fringes. With this in mind, my question is – is there any opinion that it is better for women to abstain from wearing four-cornered garments at all, to avoid “transgressing” the positive commandment of tzitzit?

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Asked on July 22, 2020 6:35 pm
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The concept of bittul mitzvat aseh, transgressing by failing to perform a positive commandment, only applies when one is obligated in that mitzva. It does not apply when one is exempt.

If a woman were obligated in putting tzitzit on her four-cornered garments, then it would indeed be better for her either to wear a four-cornered garment with tzitzit or to abstain from wearing four-cornered garments at all than it would be to wear one without tzitzit. As we discuss here, there is a tannaitic view to this effect.

However, Halacha follows the opposing view, that women are exempt from the mitzva of tzitzit because it is positive and time-bound. For this reason, there is no transgression involved in a woman wearing a four-cornered garment without tzitzit. Click here to learn more.

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Answered on July 22, 2020 8:28 pm