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Wearing an inner Gartel:[1]

Some are accustomed to constantly wear a Gartel under their shirt, over their Tzitzis.[2] Nevertheless this is not the Chabad custom.[3] However it is accustomed amongst Chabad to wear an elastic [“Bindel”] over the Tzitzis in order to prevent it from folding and hence losing its proper size.[4]


[1] Likkutei Sichos 10 p. 394; Hisvadyos 1991 p. 209 footnote 51; Shulchan Menachem 1/5

[2] This is accustomed amongst many Chassidim that derive from Poland. [Menachem Tziyon Parshas Ki Seitzei; Taamei Haminhagim 3 p. 30] This is similar to the Kohen Gadol that would wear two belts; the Avnet and Cheishev Haeifod. [Hisvadyos ibid]

[3] Igros Kodesh ibid; However see Shulchan Menachem 1/5 footnote 9 that some testify that the Rebbe’s custom was to do so.

[4] As rules Admur in Siddur Hilchos Tzitzis that the folded areas are not considered part of the size of the Tzitzis.

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