I have noticed that sometimes people will be wearing their tallit as in the below image, with one of the front tzitziot thrown back. Why is this?

front tzitzit in back

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    Despite the fact that the photo is of me, I do not wear my tallit like that. Dec 11, 2014 at 16:32
  • It seems likely to fall "back in place". Have you seen people consistently move one (particular?) corner back when it would fall down?
    – Adám
    Dec 11, 2014 at 17:48
  • @NBZ, I have seen one better: people putting on their tallit for an aliyah and setting it like that. Dec 11, 2014 at 18:50
  • You are from Frankfurt and where a Tallis with white stripes? Where is your family originally from?
    – Yehoshua
    Jul 10, 2015 at 11:21
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    @user613, R' Hamburger of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz does not say that there is any particular stripe colour associated with our mesorah, although in a schul where most wear black-striped tallitot, one should follow their example so as not to be poreish min hatzibbur. Aug 9, 2015 at 13:52

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S.A. O.Ch. 8 (4) says,

מחזיר שתי ציציות לפניו ושתים לאחוריו כדי שיהא מסובב במצות:

One should return two of the fringes in front, and two behind, in order to be surrounded by the commandments.

M.B. (9) says that we make an “atoro” for the tallis so that the same two tzitzios are always at the front and the same two at the back.

So it seems that it is not correct to have three tzitzios at the back and the reason it is being done is unwitting ignorance of the halocho.


I didn't see you ask about the halachic permissibility of doing this. (I don't THINK it's a problem, but I need to research).

There are just plain practical reasons for the tallit "fold". It is long, and in some cases, esp. while seated, the tzitzit are on the floor. I read the Torah, and my shul has some huge tallitot that I nickname "tablecloths". When I put them on, the tztzit are trailing behind me on the floor. If I didn't fold the tallit, everyone else and I would be walking on them.

Also, folding the tallit seems to reduce the chance of the whole tallit slipping off of you. I can't quite explain why that makes a difference (I'm a Ba'al Kri'ah, not a physicist!)

BTW - Nice pic. (It seems like your neighbor's snooping?) But, the back of the tallit seems too long, also, and it looks like it will take one "Oseh Shalom" to become "ta listless" :-)

  • The picture is of himself.
    – Adám
    Dec 11, 2014 at 18:56
  • +1 for the BTW. I actually posed for the photo before taking off the tallit, I don't normally wear it like this. I never have a problem with this tallit, in fact, I prefer something of that length over say, a size 36 (36" from atarah to bottom) Dec 11, 2014 at 19:51

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