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For those who hold by wearing a gartel for davening (for separating the upper and lower body), is it necessary when already wearing a belt?

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It seems that the gartel acquires a form of "holiness" as it is designated specifically for prayer, whereas a belt is worn for holding up your pants, or for personal adornment. I'm surmising that the belt and gartel serve two separate purposes. – DanF May 27 '14 at 15:29
@GershonGold Perhaps consider expanding that into an answer? – Scimonster May 29 '14 at 18:31
@Scimonster: I do not know who the Rabbi is and he does not give any sources, therefore the comment. – Gershon Gold May 29 '14 at 18:48

Halachically there is a requirement to have a separation so that one's lower half is separate from their heart. This is taken care of by wearing pants, even without a belt, as the pants form a clear distinction. Another reason to wear a gartel is to prepare oneself for prayer. The Kohanim used to wear a gartel as part of their avoida, and today prayer is called avoida shel lev, and so in that sense many have a minhag to use the gartel to help change one's mindset when approaching davening.

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Kohanim would also wear turbans and not wear shoes. – Double AA May 28 '14 at 17:22
interesting point and today we wear yarmulkes and some wear hats as well. in reference to not wearing shoes outside of service in the beis hamikdash (may we once again be able to) there is an accepted practice that only mourners go barefoot during tefila – Dude May 28 '14 at 17:42
I don't quite understand your answer. Are you saying yes or no? – Scimonster May 28 '14 at 19:41
yes or no to what? – Dude May 28 '14 at 20:12
@Dude to wearing a gartel with a belt (or even without). – Scimonster May 28 '14 at 20:32

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