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The Chabad practice is to make diagonal holes for the tzitzit in a tallit katan

Chabad tallis katan (from here).

The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote in his Igrot Kodesh saying it was the practice of his father-in-law. On the other side the Hazon Ish (printed in the back of the Mishnah Berurah) says in his opinion the practice is forbidden.

So what is the rationale and origin of this practice?

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    related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/85245/… – mbloch Nov 22 '17 at 13:42
  • @mbloch I've never quite figured out how to put images into questions. In this case, your link to the related question accomplishes the task. The Chain Ish comment is printed in the back of the Mishnah Berurah. He doesn't comment on the source for the practice. Only his thoughts for prohibiting it. – Yaacov Deane Nov 22 '17 at 15:32
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    See here an answer judaism.stackexchange.com/a/76353/9215 – kouty Nov 22 '17 at 21:34
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    Rabbi LY Raskin says he couldn't either find a source for this (beyond the Siddur HaRav). – Ploni May 30 '18 at 22:48
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    @ezra The Ba'al HaItur is long before the Ari and he clearly mentions two holes being used at each corner when hanging the tzitzit. He says that one end of the four threads goes through one hole and the other end of the four threads goes through the other hole. So at the very least, the earliest source mentioning two holes at each corner is the author of the Itur Sofrim, not the Ari z"l. But he seems to be saying his practice comes from Rabbi Yehudai HaKohen Gaon. That is likely where the earliest source is. – Yaacov Deane Jun 1 '18 at 0:24

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