Some use a very wide gartel. A friend of mine mentioned an inyan (Judaism-sourced idea) that the gartel should be wider than one tefach. Can someone source this inyan that the gartel should be (more than a tefach) wide — or the lack thereof?

Interestingly, the priestly gartel was slightly less than a tefach.

Wide gartelach

  • Is that the boy who finished shas
    – sam
    Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 22:42
  • any boy in bnei brak, nothing special :)
    – havarka
    Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 23:06
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    @sam, yes, that is. The man to the left is the Toldos Aharon Rebbe and the one on the right is the bachur's father. Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 17:43
  • it doesn't need to be. there are many who wear a gartel which is as wide as a shoelace. how wide and even how long or other dimensions are purely personal preference.
    – Dude
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 6:11
  • @Dude Not purely. Some groups have a well-established custom to wear very wide gartel, and the kohanim MUST wear a wide gartel.
    – Adám
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 14:24

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After a further clarification question, I have understood from R' Berel Bixenspanner (Montreal, QC) that there is indeed no reason for a tefach wide gartel, only one wider than three etzba'os (fingerbreadths). The priestly garment would thus satisfy this. (Note that according to some opinions, a tefach is in fact only four etzba'os, and not usually held five.)

The reason is avoiding lavud b'gufo shel adam al pi kabbalah: Just as two surfaces that are separated by a gap of less than three tefachim are considered connected in regular Jewish law, so too are two areas of the human body considered connected when separated by less than three etzba'os – according to Jewish mysticism. Therefore, a narrower gartel may not properly divide the body halves.

  • What would the priestly garment satisfy?
    – wfb
    Commented May 19, 2015 at 22:18
  • Do you mean this? "Interestingly, the priestly gartel was slightly less than a tefach."
    – wfb
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 15:12

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