I have read in Rabbi Hertzel Hillel Yitzchak's book Tzel Heharim: Tzitzit that it is permissable for a chazzan to wear a tallis at night (see page 60 of that book) provided that he does not have an outer garment over his shirt. He does give some references for saying this but these (Halachah Berura Vol 1 18.3 and Tzitzit halacha pesukah 18.11) are unclear/unknown to me. can someone expand on the basis for permitting a chazzan to wear a tallis at night. Thanks

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    Why would he not be allowed to wear a tallis at night? – Daniel Sep 29 '14 at 23:42
  • the rambam says that a person must wear a 6aleeth for every tafillo. teimonim wear a 6aleeth for every tafillo. we however say the barocho at meen7o and wear it until after 3arabeeth. or just put it on without a barocho for 3arabeeth – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Sep 30 '14 at 1:44
  • @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob 6aaleeth ka++on doesn't count? – user6591 Sep 30 '14 at 2:05
  • @user6591 i dont wear such a thing for its not a baghadh. mori qafi7 talks about this. it would be considered carrying on shabboth if you wear it – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Sep 30 '14 at 4:57
  • @Daniel Perhaps because the mitzvah of tzitzit is for during the day. – Scimonster Oct 1 '14 at 20:42

A chazzan does not wear the talis to be yotzeh the mitzvah of tzitzis. He only wears it to have an atiffa, for kavod hatzibur. This is the same reason he doesn't make a bracha on it when he puts it on.

  • What about the night of Yom Kippur when everyone wears a tallit - not just the chazzan? – DanF Sep 30 '14 at 1:42
  • @DanF that is different. We do want to be wearing the taalis for a mitzvah then which is why we make sure to put it on during the day so we can make a bracha. – user6591 Sep 30 '14 at 1:55
  • @DanF There is an interesting stira in the Aruch Hashulchan which has a little to do with this subject. In hilchos tzitzis and in hilchos yom kippur he discusses whether wearing a talis on Yom kippur night is called normal, and therefore it is muttar to wear outside or it is not normal because no other night is it worn and it would be carrying. In one place he rules one way and in the other place he rules the opposite way. – user6591 Sep 30 '14 at 2:02
  • I guess this is a situation where the Shulchan is not completely "aruch" (arranged / set) :-) – DanF Sep 30 '14 at 2:04
  • @DanF I guess you couldn't resist that 'set up':) – user6591 Sep 30 '14 at 2:07

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