Are there opinions who say you can't wear all four tzitzit in front, as the Temanim do?

Please bring sources. Thank you!!


Well, one of the Halachot mentioned by the Shulchan Aruch (8:4) regarding ציצית is:

מַחֲזִיר שְׁתֵּי צִיצִיּוֹת לְפָנָיו וּשְׁתַּיִם לַאֲחוֹרָיו כְּדֵי שֶׁיְּהֵא מְסוֹבָב בְּמִצְוֹת.‏

He puts two ציצית before him and two behind him so he'll be surrounded with commandments.

As already pointed out in the comments, the רמ״א (in 10:8) answering the בית יוסף's questions as to why modern clothes are exempt from ציצית is more explicit about this in 10:4.

וכ׳ הב״י יש לדקדק במלבושים שלנו שיש להם ב׳ כנפות סמוך לארץ למה אין מטילין בהם ציצית ותי׳ הד״מ דמאחר דמצות ציצית הוא שיחזור ב׳ לפניו וב׳ לאחריו ומלבושים שלנו הם כל הד׳ כנפות לפניו וא״א להלבישן בענין אחר אין חייבין בציצית לכן נהגו להקל.‏

And the בית יוסף wrote, "One must investigate the issue about our clothes that have two corners near the ground: why we don't put ציצית in them". And the רמ״א answered that because the commandment of ציצית is to put two before him and two behind him and our clothes have all four corners before him and cannot be worn another way, they are not obligated in ציצית; that's why they're accustomed to be lenient.

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  • Where is that a quotation from? Not the Rama 10:4, which is what you seem to imply. – msh210 Mar 10 '14 at 15:25
  • @msh210 He didn't say which work of Rama to look in. – Double AA Mar 10 '14 at 16:31
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    It's Mashma from " וא״א להלבישן בענין אחר ", that wearing your tzitzit the Yemanite way isn't a problem, since you could wear them a "diffrent way". (2 infront and 2 behind). – Yishaq Mar 10 '14 at 17:35
  • @msh210 - your translation is accurate - as expected. Thank you. Also corrected the source - it's the רמ"א in 10:8 not 10:4. – Danny Schoemann Mar 11 '14 at 8:55
  • Where is that block quotation from? Not the Rama (Mapa) anywhere that I see. – msh210 Mar 13 '14 at 20:25

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