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So I understand the reasoning for having two holes on the tallis katan (so that the tzitzis will hang on one side of the corner and won't move around), but why do Chabad tallis katans have the holes at a diagonal? Other Chassidic tallis katans just have two horizontal holes.

Chabad tallis katan

Photo courtesy of Ben's Tallit Shop.

  • Never knew this. I guess you're Chabad? Do you have a pic that you can upload or link to? This is only on the TK and not the TG? – DanF Sep 1 '17 at 18:58
  • @DanF - Affiliated with Chabad; I try to follow all of the Chabad minhagim. I hope one day I can call myself a chosid! I do wear a Chabad tallis katan, though. – ezra Sep 1 '17 at 19:34
  • @DanF - The diagonal holes are on the tallis katan only. The tallis gadol also has two holes, but they are placed a bit differently: Chabad Tallis Gadol – ezra Sep 1 '17 at 19:36
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    @ezra it is not, as you say “dubious”, meaning doubtful and suspect of being untrue, that the Ari z”l wore his tallit katan with 2 holes on each corner as done by Chabad. Unless you consider the written testimony of his primary student, Rabbi Chaim Vital to be dubious. He writes in Sha’ar HaKavannot, Inyan HaTzitzit, Drush 6, that he was an eye witness to the Ari wearing his tallit katan in exactly this fashion as found in Sefer HaItur. He also states that this was only done by the Ari with his tallit katan and not with his tallit gadol. – Yaacov Deane Jun 3 '18 at 22:12
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The reason why Chabad follow this practice is because the Rebbe wrote about it specifically in his Igrot Kodesh, Volume 2, pg. 313, letter 342 saying it was the practice of his father-in-law, the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn.

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    And why was it his father's practice? – Double AA Nov 22 '17 at 14:05

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