What is the source for checking one's tzitzis while the talis is over one's right shoulder: isn't the halacha just to check the knots and strings? Can't the checking be done on a table?

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    What makes you think there is any reason to do so? Just because you've seen people doing it that way? I personally don't.
    – Dave
    Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 18:36
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    If many ppl do it I thoght maybe there is a mekor,but it could be just for conv.
    – sam
    Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 18:50
  • I have actually wondered if it was a possible problem to do that, because it appears as though you're wearing it (albeit more like a sash) before making the Berachah.
    – Seth J
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 3:11
  • @SethJ why would that look like wearing? If someone slings a shirt over their shoulder it doesn't look like they are wearing anything.
    – sam
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 3:17
  • I'm just telling you how I perceive it every time, which makes me wonder if it's an issue. My point is merely that I avoid doing it that way. I hold it in my arms or lay it across my seat to check the strings.
    – Seth J
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 3:34

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Nitei Gavriel Hilchos Nesuin Volume 2 Chapter 61 mentions this Minhag in the name of the Shela.

  • Thank you for source.I had a feeling there was a real mekor for this. I looked inside it looks like the putting over the right shoulder is a minhag Chabad ,and saying the pesukim while checking is from the Kitzur HaShla.
    – sam
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 17:24
  • Is it only Chabad? I've seen it by other chasidim.
    – yoel
    Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 3:47

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