If my hands are cold when praying in synagogue:

1) may I put them in my pockets? Is it just disrespectful, as I was brought up to think, or are there more important issues?

2) may I wear gloves? (Any difference in whether the fingers are cut out or not?)

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    Why are your hands cold while you're praying in synagogue? Oct 14, 2012 at 21:24
  • I have never heard that it's disrespectful to put your hands in your pockets. And I can't see any reason why wearing gloves in synagogue should be a problem - except that people may look at you funny.
    – Ariel
    Oct 15, 2012 at 0:44
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    How would you dress to meet a king in a cold room?
    – Double AA
    Oct 15, 2012 at 2:16
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    @unforgettableid - Because the synagogue is cold? The A/C may be too high, the heat is too low, bad circulation to extremities, odd medication, moved to a new location, etc...
    – eykanal
    Oct 15, 2012 at 17:20
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    My hands are cold because the synagogue is cold and I sit near a closed window which is nevertheless cold. I have ideas on how to warm hands; I was interested to learn if gloves were an acceptable solution. Nov 29, 2012 at 17:08

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Tzohar journal Page 433 that it is improper to wear gloves during Tefila. (sources Bach, Magen Avraham 91:5, Elya Rabba, Pri Megadim 91:5.

Halichos Shlomo 2:18 in the name of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Aurbach Zatzal and Shaalos U'Tshuvos Neta Sorek 6 say this is limited to dress gloves which are worn for Chashivus since it is haughty to wear them, however regular gloves worn for cold are permitted.

  • On which siman(im) are all those achronim found? Do they discuss if there is a difference when it is cold and wearing gloves wouldn't look haughty/like you are otherwise busy/like you couldn't bother to take them off?
    – Double AA
    Oct 15, 2012 at 16:15
  • Perhaps then the OP can wear gloves in Shul the whole time except Shmone Esrei. That might solve his problem.
    – Double AA
    Oct 15, 2012 at 17:10

The Mishna Brurah in siman 92:12 writes that one should not wear hentslach which are gloves worn by travlers.However,the passuk he uses is about gaivah so the idea would extended to gaivadik gloves or acting in a gaivadik way.

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