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What is the esoteric or hashkafic significance of the shtreimel? Some things I have seen but without details or sources are that it is like a crown, that the number of pelts involved have numerical significance, and so on.

Sources are appreciated, and I am specifically not looking for answers that are limited to a practical basis, such as "Polish nobleman garb" or "decree that Jews should wear a tail on their heads". This question presupposes that there is in fact a deeper significance to it.

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This question comes as a more general version of this one, which I fear may be too specific to get many good answers. –  yoel Nov 15 '12 at 21:00
+1 Well posed.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ –  Double AA Nov 15 '12 at 21:02
Why not just edit the other one? –  Seth J Nov 15 '12 at 21:03
By "deeper significance behind it", do you mean that you are assuming it is not Polish nobleman's garb, or do you mean that, even if it was Polish nobleman's garb, it was adopted because a significance was seen in it or assigned to it, or that some significance has been established because it's been adopted so widely and for so long? Or are you not sure what you are looking for? –  Seth J Nov 15 '12 at 21:05
@SethJ It sounds like any or all of the above. Also I don't see a problem with asking a new question, although perhaps the old one should be closed as a dupe of this one. I'm not sure about that though. –  Double AA Nov 15 '12 at 21:07

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Shabbos is Roshei Teivos S'htreimal B'Mkom T'filin (Imrei Pinchas)

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Thanks - is this all that the Imrei Pinchas says about it or does he go in to detail on the connection between shtreimel and tefilin? –  yoel Nov 15 '12 at 21:17
Could someone please summarize the Pirush for the non-Yiddish speakers? –  Jake Nov 15 '12 at 21:24
It is a bit too long to summarize. –  C. Ben Yosef Nov 15 '12 at 21:25
@Jake there's a lot of information in there - I'll b'n try to to distill some of it and add it to this answer when I get home from work tonight. Alternatively, C. Ben Yosef or anybody else should feel free to do likewise. –  yoel Nov 15 '12 at 21:31

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