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Rabbi Lerner:

I have read of some who wear or even attach tzitziyot onto their beltloops as an alternative to wearing them on a tallit katan. Given that I observe the mitzvah of wearing tzitziyot and don't always have the choice as to whether or not I wear a tallit katan, would wearing a belt with tzitiyot on it be acceptable as an alternative? Please let me know. Toda!

Dear Nicole

Thanks for writing

Fringes are a Biblical commandment to be tied on the four corners of all square

In the interest of enabling some who feel so obliged the custom of wearing an artifical
garment - the tallit katan - a four-cornered garment onto which one would thus tie the four

In my opinion - ask your own Rabbi - wearing a belt with the four tzitzit or fringes or
tying them onto belt loops of pants is entirely inconsistent with the wearing of the
fringes. Tallit katan or nothing - if you must.

Thanks for writing and check with a local authority if you have one.

Best wishes

Rabbi Dov

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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner


Write to me with questions about Jewish customs and law, history, philosophy and tradition for answers from a Conservative perspective or conversion. I am a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a member of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly. Having served in congregational pulpits since 1970, I now am President of the Foundation For Family Education, Inc. a non-profit educational endeavor. I established it to create new formats of hands-on programs and provide free educational downloads at In addition to general informational questions I welcome your questions about programs for social action, outreach to dual-faith families, inter-faith clergy projects, healing services, education for conversion, adult education for the congregation and the community. If you have questions about Informal and Formal Education I am ready to share my extensive experience with Youth Activities, Camping and Religious School/Hebrew High School on a congregational, community and national/international level.


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