As far as hilchot tzitzit are concerned, are there many instances where a Jewish man would be required to affix tzitzit to a garment other than a tallit katan or gadol? A few "for-instances" would include a scarf, (for one who would wear one) a four-cornered head wrap to serve as a head-covering, etc. Also, I remembered reading something like this in Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, but at what point does a blanket become a garment? If one were to wrap himself in a blanket and walk around the house (to keep warm, for instance), would the blanket at some point require tzitzit?

In the normal course of events, one hardly ever sees a garment which isn't a tallit affixed with tzitzit, so I'm wondering how far the obligation extends.

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5269
    – msh210
    Jun 21, 2011 at 20:36
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    I am amused by the image of a man bringing his brightly-colored snuggie to his rav for inspection.
    – jake
    Jun 21, 2011 at 20:52
  • Same here :) I'd just like to know what would be required. It'd be hilarious, but it just might be halacha! Jun 21, 2011 at 21:00
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    What about a towel? When walking from the shower you might wear it wrapped around yourself. Nov 9, 2011 at 11:47
  • It seems to me that the question here would be: "Are these items square, or oblong?" Jun 29, 2018 at 13:38

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According to here:

A blanket does not need tzitzit.

Some say it is because a blanket is a reserved for night use, and the Halacha is that a garment which is meant for use at night is not obligated to have Tzitzit, even if worn during the day.

According to that it would appear that if you had a blanket that you only used during the day, it would require tzitzit.

Others say it has to be worn as a garment in order to be obligated in tzitzit.

  • A throw-blanket on a couch is indeed designated for day use (unlike a blanket designated for sleeping at night).
    – Double AA
    May 17, 2019 at 19:08

I was told by a rabbi at Ohr Somayach that a "garment", as far as tzitzit is concerned, has to be worn on the body and covering at least the shoulders, so scarves and bandanas don't apply.

  • This is true (as per Shulchan Aruch OC 10:10-11), but what about blankets, I wonder?
    – jake
    Jun 21, 2011 at 21:56
  • Yeah, this is not a complete answer because I can't help with blankets other than by second-hand anecdote. Jun 21, 2011 at 22:11

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