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Many Mikvas do not provide towels for attendees, and require that people who go bring their own towels. If there is no Eiruv, one cannot carry it in a normal way, so many people "wear" it as a belt/scarf (in the winter).

Is this allowed?


Always CYLOR

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Generalization: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22091 –  msh210 Nov 4 '12 at 7:36
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Basically, you can take a handkerchief and wear it as a belt or scarf, as long as you tie the ends together. If it is big enough that it covers your head and majority of your body (like a big tallit) you can wear it that way without having to tie it down.

see here and here as well.

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If This were true, you would be obligated to put Tzizit on the Towel... which nobody does... So while this might be ok for women, it would seem to not be allowed for men. –  avi Oct 26 '11 at 9:59
    
@avi - Why is wearing tzitzit even required if they would go to the mikveh at night time? –  Adam Mosheh Apr 18 '12 at 22:37
    
@avi, If both ends (= all 4 corners) of the towel are hanging in front of you (as apposed to draping one end behind your back) then I doesn't need tzitzis. (just like a collared shirt!) –  Danield Oct 20 '12 at 19:38
    
@Danield Not everyone agrees to that. –  Double AA Mar 24 at 21:42
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Why wouldn't it? If you wear it, you're fine. It would be better if it was dry, so there was no possibility of ringing out any moisture (water).

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The issue is the "carrying" issue. Is it considered "Carrying" vs. "Wearing". I usually don't wear a towel as a belt. –  Shmuel Brin Oct 25 '11 at 23:58
    
If you are "wearing" it, then it needs Tzizit.... –  avi Oct 26 '11 at 10:00
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