I've come across facemasks that are 4 corned, therefore would it require tzitzit or as its for health reasons exclude this commandment.


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A tallis requires two criteria which don't extend to face masks: that it be large enough to cover the majority of a child's body SA OC 16 and that it actually be worn over one's body SA OC 10:10. Since a face mask doesn't have either of these criteria, it cannot qualify as a Tallis.

  • thank you @DonielF Commented Jul 15, 2020 at 23:27
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    @Richard note this answer doesn't preclude potential Purim costumes for next year :)
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 16, 2020 at 0:30
  • now there is an idea! @DoubleAA Commented Jul 16, 2020 at 0:32
  • The Arukh haShulchan adds that it also has to be that the corners are around you. So, a jacket with 4 corners -- two at the top and two at the bottom of a front opening would still not require tzitzis either. (I am not saying this is specific to the AhS. But I am learning (and promoting) AhS Yomi -- aishdas.org/ahs-yomi . So that's the source I am remembering.) Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 21:54
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    @Micha In my experience many people are either unaware of that halacha or simply don't follow it in practice, considering how many people wear their talleisim. In any event, if an article of clothing doesn't cover one's body, the premise to "the four corners must surround the wearer" doesn't even start.
    – DonielF
    Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 23:41

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