I have heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein ztsl held that tzitzis should be tucked in. Can somebody give a nice summary of the reasons behind his ruling?

  • More general question: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1797
    – msh210
    Mar 17 '14 at 19:50
  • interesting question. although this doesn't directly answer your question this is one thought I had on the matter... one point of view was that the Arizal felt one should wear the talis katan under your shirt and keep the tzitzis also tucked in. on the other hand the Arizal would regularly wear his talis gadol as a regular garment. since today it is uncommon for us to wear the regular talis as clothing many people compromise by keeping the beged under a shirt but the tzitzis visible.
    – Dude
    Jun 6 '14 at 17:31

Rav Ahron Felder zt"l was a talmid muvhak and spent many years serving Rav Moshe Feinstein. Among the seforim he authored is the multi-volume Rishumei Aaron, which contains rulings and halachic opinions from Rav Moshe that are not found anywhere else.

In Volume II O"C Siman 8 He states that Reb Moshe held there is no obligation to wear ones tzitis out so that they are constantly visible.

Rishumei Ahron (http://www.5tjt.com/rav-aharon-felder-ztl-a-review-of-some-of-his-works/)

  • +1 although it would be great to see what lead him to this conclusion. Jun 18 '21 at 6:45

I have heard from my Rebbe that Rav Moshe said that it was unsightly to wear the tzitzis untucked and dangling out from your pants, and as a ben torah you should appear proper and put-together to the outside world as you represent Torah.

  • Interesting. See judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1797/… and the accepted answer. Note the words, "Mishnah Berurah (8:26) goes further, and sharply condemns those who wear their tzitzis tucked into their pants." I find it surprising that Rabbi M Feinstein ztz"l contradicted the Chofetz Chayim. Mar 18 '14 at 17:11
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    @AvrohomYitzchok There were plenty of things on which R' Moshe decided differently than the Chofetz Chayim. He wasn't a Tanna. Mar 18 '14 at 18:30
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    Does that mean not hanging out (untucked shirt, hanging loose), or not showing at all?
    – Yishai
    Mar 18 '14 at 18:35
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    Would you mind editing your rabbi's name into your answer?
    – msh210
    Mar 19 '14 at 2:56
  • Is this documented anywhere?
    – MTL
    May 29 '14 at 17:00

I had discussed this once with Rav Reuven Feinstein and he had showed me the source, although my notes only say Magen Avraham 8:13. M"A mentions there that even though the talis katan is under his clothing and therefore not readily seen if torn, one does not have to remove them on Shabbos because of kavod habriyos. If the strings were to be worn out, this explanation would not work. I also recall further proof from the halacha of not wearing tzitzis out in cemeteries, but I can't recall the specifics at this time. I will try to ask again soon. Regarding the dress style, I do recall him telling me that if one was wearing a shirt untucked it would be OK to wear the strings out.


I have heard from both my grandfather and a talmid of my great grandfather Harav Chaim Ephraim Zaitchyk (a prominent rosh yeshiva in Europe and after the war an author of 33 mussar seforim), that when he was meshamesh the Chofetz Chayim, he saw that the Chofetz Chaim tucked his tzizis in. I do recall the idea that the Chofetz Chaim in Mishna Berura writes that at a cemetery regarding of whether wearing tzizis is an affront to the dead (as it mentions in the gemara in brochos not to do mitzvos in front of the dead because they no longer have the oppurtunity) that it is not because it is under his frock (or something to that idea) implying that we wear our tzizis inside our clothes. I heard from the talmid of my great grandfather, that it must be that whoever completed the Mishna Berura wrote these halachos.

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    But Hilchos tzitzis is in the first chelek
    – sam
    Jun 6 '14 at 1:59
  • I'm not sure that the ruling regarding cemeteries would explain why Rav Moshe or the Chafetz Chaim would hold that one should tuck in tzitzis, generally. Jun 6 '14 at 17:42
  • @sam see here he.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Jun 18 '21 at 2:11

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