Does someone know anything about Rav Yaakov Moshe Hillel shlita hamekubal stating that tzitzios should be worn outside the clothes? I read it once but without any sources on a web forum. It would be quite surprising as one of the argument to tuck them is based on kabbalah and the Arizal.

  • No answer to offer, but being an admirer of Rav Hillel shlit"a, I would love to know his opinion.
    – user366
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 12:21
  • This is a great question, because the Mishnah Berurah really strongly criticizes those who tuck them in. And that's putting it mildly.
    – Seth J
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 23:39
  • @SethJ Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt'l criticizes those who do not tuck them in.
    – ray
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 19:34
  • @SethJ Eyewitness testimony reports that the Chafetz Chaim himself wore his tzitzit in.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 19:29
  • @mevakesh maybe he had a reason. But I can tell you what I saw when I learned it.
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 2:03

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In his book Geburat HaAri (pg. 137) he brings the AriZal and explains that according to him they should be exposed because in Shaar HaKawanot (7c) the Ari says that there is a Miswa to behold the Sisiot (see Debarim 15:39).

He expounds on this immensely in his Sefer Wayashov HaYam (vol. 1 Siman 3).

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    @HachamGabriel Are those both your accounts?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 5:27
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    -1 Because one is not allowed to learn two things out from the same pasuk. Rashi already tells us that "uRe'item oto" refers to the necessity of them being worn during the daytime. If one was allowed to learn two things out from the same pasuk, then why do the tannaim disagree in the second chapter of M. Berakhot, where Shema Yisrael is understood to mean cause your ear to hear it, or say it in a language that you hear, i.e. that you understand. The thing is that the two tannaim who say this are arguing with each other and not agreeing, implying that there is only one way to darshen. Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 14:07
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    @Adam: but are these really two separate things? Being able to see the tzitzis in itself implies both that it's during a time when you're able to see (so not at night), and that they should be visible. This is different than the two meanings of שמע, where hearing and understanding are orthogonal (you can hear something without understanding it, or conversely, understand it - thinking it in your mind - without hearing it).
    – Alex
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 14:51
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    @Alex - I believe that they are in fact orthogonal! If you hold that tzitzis must be tucked in, then you are not able to see them (as they are inside). And if you hold that they must be seen, then why do you maintain as well that they are required to be worn at night when it is dark and therefore concealed by darkness? A beged yom can be worn tucked in during the daytime or nighttime and still be defined as a beged yom. Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 15:19
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    @Adam you are arguing with the smak who counts it is a separate miswa. Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 17:00

It may be interesting to note, I once saw in his a yeshiva a Scanning of hand written note from Rav Yitchak Keduri Ztz"l agreeing with this ruling and the argument that Rav Hillel puts forth in vayashov Hayam, also a photo of the Baba sali with very long sitzit that where hanging below his gown. Rav Hillel (because of a seeming contradiction in the kitvei haArizal) believes this practice is an authentic Kabalistic one,

  • Can you try to find the picture of the Baba Sali? That would be very interesting to see. Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 0:45
  • ![enter image description here](i.sstatic.net/CLpSC.jpg) Tzitzit of the Baba Sali. As you see that se wore them outside according the real kabbalistic shita.
    – user12198
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 16:58

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