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I often daven at Chabad shuls and I have noticed that they have some particulars regarding tallit usage inconsistent with the rest of Ashkenazi Jewry, including:

  • not wearing when receiving an aliyah or davening (even shacharit)
  • not wearing for leining
  • Chabad Ba'alei Teshuva discontinue the wearing of a tallit when the "become fromm"

I have read, in sources related to MMS that it is for the kavod of the kehilla and of the sefer torah that we do so. Furthermore, when I discussed this with R' Avram Grossbaum of Chabad, he provided a rationale which does not work in context, that of a minyan of bachurim.

Does Minhag Lubavitch bring any sources for their rationale?

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(regarding 1&3) There is a need for Ittuf. A hat/jacket fulfills that. regarding 4, I never saw that a Rov would tell a BT to stop wearing a Tallis (to not put one on is a different story) – Shmuel Brin Feb 16 '14 at 22:43
@ShmuelBrin, Every fromm shul that I've been, excluding Chabad, to has the sha"tz, baal koreh, olim, et c. wear a tallit gadol. In relation to 4, my question is based on judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/31660/…, where there is a mention of possible problems with discontinuing the wearing a tallit gadol. – Noach MiFrankfurt Feb 17 '14 at 4:00
So? Just because everyone else does it doesn't mean we do it. Different communities had different customs – Shmuel Brin Feb 17 '14 at 4:17
chabad.org.il/Magazines/… – Efraim Feb 17 '14 at 5:03
@ShmuelBrin Everyone but you doing something is excellent justification for asking a question! – Double AA Feb 17 '14 at 5:13

I have also asked this question, and I was told by my yeshiva-educated fiancee who grew up going to a chabad shul because it was the only Orthodox shul within walking distance of his house the following. His understanding is that Chabad men who have never been married do not wear a tallis gadol ever even when being called up or as shatz. He contrasted this with the custom he was taught which is to wear a tallis gadol when being called up or as the shatz, but not to wear one for davening until marriage. I apologize for not being able to quote a source for this. Perhaps the men you are seeing not wear a tallis have never been married?

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I think that it is not true that Chabad does not wear Tallit during Shacharis or Leining.

The following video shows the Rebbe, as well as others, praying Shacharis with a Tallis:


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Only if they are wearing it anyway for Tefillah. Bochurim aren't, and married men who happen to not be davening Shacharis at that time (say they are given an Aliah, or leining) don't either. – Yishai May 22 '14 at 5:14

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