Why don't we kiss the tzitzit during the Vayomer section of shma of maariv? I would think we would since we are reading the same text as we do for shacharit.

  • Why kiss the tztzit at all at any time during the day? There is no explicit mitzvah to kiss them - only to wear them.
    – DanF
    Jun 27, 2017 at 3:08
  • @DanF Because Shulchan Aruch writes that for חיבוב מצוה one should kiss the tzitzis when mentioning them in Shema.
    – user9643
    Jun 27, 2017 at 3:20
  • Probably because we can't 'see' them at night. Electrical lighting does not change the reality of nighttime darkness ...
    – user4751
    May 15, 2018 at 13:59

2 Answers 2


There is no Miswa of Sisit at night (see Rabenu Behaye to Numbers 15:38-39).

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    Thank you. btw- i have never seen those spellings for מצוה and ציצית. Do you know where they come from? Feb 26, 2012 at 0:48
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    @AriA 100+ years ago ALL Sefaradim would pronounce the words that way. The way you see most Sefaradim speaking nowadays has many reforms from Ashkenazim. Feb 26, 2012 at 0:51
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    This doesn't answer for the Rosh who holds there is a mitzva of tzitzit at night for beged yom.
    – Double AA
    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:51
  • @DoubleAA that's a separate question. Feb 26, 2012 at 1:59
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    Why? The question asked according to everyone. You answered half way (and the easier half to answer mind you).
    – Double AA
    Feb 26, 2012 at 2:03

As seen in the Mishnah in brachos (I think it's the end of the first perek) the only reason we say vayomer at night is because it references yitzias mitzrayim. In theory, we don't really care about the tzitzis mention.

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    Does it say that we do care about the tzitzit part in the morning? Or is it always just because of Yetziat Mitzrayim, because in that case you still haven't shown a distinction.
    – Double AA
    Feb 26, 2012 at 7:46
  • Obviously we care about tzitzis during shacharis we kiss them! Feb 26, 2012 at 8:06
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    – Double AA
    Feb 26, 2012 at 8:12

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