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


2 Answers 2


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
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 9:59
  • @avi - Why is wearing tzitzit even required if they would go to the mikveh at night time? Commented Apr 18, 2012 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
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 19:38
  • @Danield Not everyone agrees to that.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 21:42
  • Does this logic render a sweater tied around the neck or waist fine as well?
    – Ani Yodea
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 18:24

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).

PLEASE feel free to EDIT to improve answer quality.

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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. Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 23:58
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    If you are "wearing" it, then it needs Tzizit....
    – avi
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 10:00

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