There seems to be some misunderstanding/machlokes (disagreement) on how you should wear your tzitzis - with the strings sticking out or tucked in. What's the proper way?


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An interesting thread about the subject can be found here : Why do some people wear their tzitzis out for people to see, and others don't?

  • Can you edit in a summary of the discussion? We're looking for answers that are complete, not just links. (I recognize that this answer is more than 2 years old and norms may have changed.) Thanks. Jan 2, 2014 at 15:39
  • This would be a much better answer if it included a summary.
    – Seth J
    Jan 3, 2014 at 3:26
  • In fact this question is a duplicate with the link I mentionned so it is why I've just post the link. Both offer good answers.
    – Frank
    Jan 3, 2014 at 16:06
  • In that case, it should be a comment Jan 5, 2014 at 5:00

HUGE disagreement among the Poskim. Don't want to get too deep into it, but here is the summary (there are also different Pesakim in different cases- for all the details Yalkut Yosef is recommended):

  • According to the Shulhan Aruch clearly (Orah Haim 8:11, 24:1) they Lechatehila should be revealed.
  • Rav Ovadia Yosef (Yechawe Daat 2:1) holds the Tzitziot must be tucked in (see Halacha Berura ch.8, Yalkut Yosef ch. 8 and Or Lesion 2:2:2).
  • Rav Yaakov Hilel writes (Gevurat HaAri pg. 137) that the Tzitziot must be revealed based on the Arizal (Shaar Hakawanot 7c and Olat Tamid 39a).
  • According to the Hafes Haim they must be revealed and he is very harsh about this (Mishna Berura 8:26).
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    he says it is like a King gives you a Royal Medallion and you will not wear it I don't think he gives Allegories any where else to explain an Halacha I always found that intriguing Jan 24, 2012 at 5:05
  • I find it interesting that you cite SA on the one hand and Rav Ovadya Yosef on the other. An unusual pair of chol'kim.
    – msh210
    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:38
  • @msh210 that's why I get confused on Rav Ovadia's Piske Halachot sometimes. Jan 24, 2012 at 13:35
  • @msh210 just today read in Rav Ovadia's Sefer "Livyat Hen" where is actually Matir something the Mehaber is Oser. Jan 25, 2012 at 0:42
  • I think the Ben Ish Chai is also clear that the custom was to cover them.
    – MichoelR
    Jul 16, 2021 at 1:02

The Mishna Berura seems unclear. The bottem line is: if you will be wearing them sticking out of your pants (which many gedolim (great rabbis) did and still do) then you should do it in a way that it won't cause a chillul hashem. If you live in a neighborhood which is full of frum jews, it shouldn't be an issue because even though there are gentiles there, they are used to the jews way of dressing.

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    It may not be an issue even in other areas. From personal experience, I have visited (in the course of my work) various corporate and government offices across the country, wearing tzitzis sticking out (and also a yarmulka and a full beard), and have always been treated most courteously. (Occasionally I've gotten questioned - respectfully, though - about what they are; but most people haven't even paid attention.)
    – Alex
    Jan 1, 2010 at 16:45
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    The Mishnah Berurah is most definitely not ambiguous about it. He unabashedly condemns those who tuck them in, saying ועתידין הן ליתן את הדין על זה (and he goes on a further rant against those who use the excuse of being among gentiles)! (Full disclosure - Until a few minutes ago, I knew about the "Din" part of the M"B's statement, but I'd forgotten about the condemnation being extended against those who feel it's hard to do among non-Jews, and I'd relied upon that; I'm now rethinking that choice myself!)
    – Seth J
    Jul 20, 2011 at 17:25

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