In many Ashkenazi congregations, most of the congregants do not wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah; however, a number of the officiants do wear a kittel.

It seems to me to be fairly common that at least the chazzanim for shacharit and musaf wear a kittel, as well as the ba’al tekiah.

What about other officiants? The makri, the ba’al keriah, the gabbaim, the rabbi, the chazzanim for pesukei dezimra, arvit or mincha?

Are there any sources noting who wears a kittel on Rosh HaShanah, or is this a hyper-local and/or very recent custom and thus unlikely to be noted in writing?

  • Hi @JoelK - in the UK as I'm sure you know in many shul most people have the custom to wear a kittel and not just those officiating?
    – Dov
    Sep 22, 2020 at 7:38
  • Related - judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/10536/…
    – Dov
    Sep 22, 2020 at 7:56
  • @Dov Right. My question is about those congregations where that is not the case
    – Joel K
    Sep 22, 2020 at 13:37
  • From the various sifrei halacha I looked at, it just mentions the custom of wearing a kittel and not anything about who exactly wears it?
    – Dov
    Sep 22, 2020 at 13:42
  • Just b'derech agav, the Kaf HaChaim gives a nice overview - sefaria.org/…
    – Dov
    Sep 22, 2020 at 13:45


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