Does anyone know where to get a kittel which buttons left-over-right? I know at least a few people who would prefer not to buy into the right-over-left market.*

*This is supposedly a kabbalistic practice, however non-Jewish Russian folk garb also buttons that way, leading me to conclude that this was a retcon of an already prevalent practice, rather than an original rationale.

  • You're saying they don't want to follow the kabbalah's implied suggestion because they think chukat hagoyim is a bigger issue?
    – SAH
    May 24, 2017 at 6:26
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    @SAH, I don't follow it because it is a minhag shtus, which has been retconned to be justified by a sefer composed ~1000 years after its attributed author died. May 24, 2017 at 13:24
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    I don't recall if it's Bobov or Satmar that has the left over right custom regarding all clothing. (Years ago, I taught a computer class, and as 2 men looked similar, I couldn't distinguish them until one pointed out the button direction. But, I don't recall what sect he was.) At any rate, once you can find out which it is, you might find this in a Williamsburg or Boro Park store.
    – DanF
    May 24, 2017 at 14:00
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    I just thought of another way to find out. If I recall correctly, the kittel used for a dead person is left over right. Why not contact a Jewish funeral home and ask them where they get their supplies? Just make sure you tell them that you're not planning to die that soon!
    – DanF
    May 24, 2017 at 14:02
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    @SAH, here is a photo of the Maharam Schi"ck, a Hungarian talmid of הר׳ המקובל מוהר"ר החתם סופר זצ"ל (himself a Jekke) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Schick May 25, 2017 at 2:59

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This Kittel appears to be left over right.


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