When we say Krias Shema, the widespread custom (referred to in OC 24 (4) Rema), is to kiss the tzitzis when we say the word, “צִיצִת”.

When we come to the words, עַל צִיצִת הַכָּנָף (which Singer translates as “upon the fringe of each corner”), to kiss at the word צִיצִת interrupts between the words צִיצִת and כָּנָף which belong together. I think it is better to kiss after the word כָּנָף.

The problem with my thought is that in OC 61(20) it says one must avoid run-ins of words where one ends in the letter that begins the next and gives as one example הַכָּנָף פְּתִיל . If we stopped to kiss the tzitzis after the word הַכָּנָף (as I suggest) there would be no need for the Shulchan Oruch to gives us this din.

Can anyone provide evidence either way on my idea please?

This question Kissing Tzitzis during Shema is related.

  • Don't bring proof from Hakanaf-Petil. That is the the din as brought down in a braita in the gemara. The minhag to kiss is much later. The shulchan aruch could be quoting the din as it is in the gemara without intending to account for later minhagim which are in no way required (unlike separating between different similar sounds which are required).
    – Double AA
    Mar 13, 2012 at 22:29
  • I've always been taught to kiss after Kanaf.
    – Double AA
    Mar 13, 2012 at 22:30
  • I don't understand: You say the Rama says to kiss directly after tzitzis. You say the SA says to pause between hakanaf and p'sil. What basis do you have for thinking it might possibly be best to kiss after hakanaf?
    – msh210
    Mar 13, 2012 at 23:21
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    If the Beith Yosef is the one who says not to kiss them (as established by one of the answers to the question you linked) then it makes perfect sense for Shu"'A to say you need to pause so the words don't run together. There is no contradiction.
    – Seth J
    Mar 14, 2012 at 0:47
  • @msh210 The trop.
    – Double AA
    Mar 14, 2012 at 4:47

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Chabad Minhag HaYom Yom Sivan 22

Kiss the tzitzit six times, at the words tzitzit, tzitzit, l'tzitzit, emet, kayemet and la'ad."

Whether or not words next to those words complete the sentence does not seem to be relevant.

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