The kapoteh is a long black frock coat worn by some Lithuanian Jews and Chabad Chassidim. It is very similar to a bekishe.

I was wondering what age do most Chabad Chassidim start wearing the kapoteh. From bar mitzvah?

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    From the marriage, chassidim of chabbad wear it on Shabbat and Yom Tov. The name is Sirtuk, not kapete. Kapete is in other chasiduyot and is in simili silk.
    – kouty
    Feb 6, 2017 at 19:39
  • Is this Jews, or Judaism?
    – mevaqesh
    Feb 6, 2017 at 19:42
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    @kouty it is also called a kapote
    – Menachem
    Feb 6, 2017 at 22:21
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    @kouty - back up Menachem - I have also heard it called kapote in Chabad circles
    – Epicentre
    Feb 7, 2017 at 7:27
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    ok. may be that the name is a translation of coat or a mantle, one in Russian language and one in Polish language
    – kouty
    Feb 7, 2017 at 8:01

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From the wedding day onward.

Discussed in the book Mazal Tov by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov on page 64 169. After the Kabbolas Ponim the chosson prepares for the chuppah in the following way. 170. The custom is that the chosson should wear a kittel. The Kittel is worn over a silk kapote but under a coat.

footnotes: the chosson doesn't wear the kittel the first yom kipur after after marriage. sefer haminhagim page 67. likkutei levi yitzchock igros kodesh p. 206 and also isru chag sukkos 5711 talks about the importance of wearing silk kappotes on shabbos and yontiff. from the Rebbe Rashab in sefer hamaamarim 5662 p. 231 and 247 talks about the importance of a silk garment on shabbos. also sefer hamamaarim 5673 page 328 (247), and sefer hamamaarim 5672 vol 2 p 872

From my personal observation though it seems like most chassanim put the kapote on before kabbolas ponim for the sake of convenience as that is when there are pictures being taken and the kittel and extra coat being put on right before the chuppah.

Another note: kapote, sirtuk, and bekishe are interchangeable names. There are many styles among these types of coats.

  • Todah rabbah lecha.
    – ezra
    Feb 15, 2017 at 19:10
  • Isn't a kapote a frock coat? אם כן, the style referred to as a bekische (worn by most chassidim) is not a kapote, as it lacks the waisted construction of the former. Bekisches also aren't always black (especially by rebbeim) Feb 15, 2017 at 20:32
  • I think those are implications based on how they are used but the words themselves mean the same thing. basically a long coat of some variety. In the same way the expression "suit" can refer to many styles of clothing
    – Dude
    Feb 15, 2017 at 20:45
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    To clear up some confusion and incorrect assumptions: A frock coat (English), kapote (Yiddish), and sirtuk (Russian) are synonymous, and are all long black coats with a vent in the back, worn by married Lubavitch Chassidim on Shabbos and other holidays. A bekishe is worn by non-Lubavitch Chassidim (usually married, though not necessarily) on Shabbos and other holidays, (as well as by some Rebbes during the week). Bekishes do not have a slit in the back and could be a variety of colors. May 24, 2017 at 22:53
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    A rekel is a long plain black coat w/o a slit in the back and is worn by non-Lubavitch Chassidim on weekdays and by some non-married non-Lubavitch Chassidim on Shabbos and other holidays. May 24, 2017 at 22:57

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