If tzizit are supposed to remind you of Hashem and the Mitzvoh whats the point of the tzizit in back? It's rare you see them at all even if you don't tuck them in.

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    But you do have to move them out of the way when you sit down, hold them and look at them by Kriyas Shema, etc. I'm very much aware of my tzitzis in back ;) – ezra Apr 13 '18 at 20:55
  • The only "point" is that a four cornered garment needs tzitzit on each corner. It doesn't matter if you see them. – DanF Apr 13 '18 at 21:01
  • Have you thought about the fact others can see them? And maybe more important it is as if the tzitzit which reminds us of the commandments are surrounding us. For me it's symbolic, a methaphor, for I want to surround myself with them in my everyday life. A lot of what we do on the outside reflects what we feel on the inside. And Besides that HaShem gave us a lot of commandments to make certain items which reflect a lot more as they appear to present. – Levi Apr 14 '18 at 4:49
  • The link I provides reasons behind the command of having tzitzit on the four corners of our garment. – Levi Apr 14 '18 at 5:05

We have two tzitzit in the front and two in the back; two on the right and two on the left. We are thus surrounded by the mitzvah of tzitzit. Since the blessing is "to be wrapped in tzitzit", we try to do as we say.

Orach Chayim 8:4.

One should have this intention in wrapping: That God commanded us to wrap ourselves in it in order to remember all of his commandments and to do them.

One should have two of the fringes in front, and two behind, in order to be surrounded by the commandments.

  • The parsha of tzitzit says "You should see it.." Does that mean that there is a requirement to see all the tzitzit on all 4 corners? I think OP may be asking about that, though that aspect is unclear. – DanF Apr 15 '18 at 3:57
  • @DanF I only answered the part: 'what's the point of the tzitzit on the back' and I also provided a link in a commentary on possible reasons or the command to make four corners on the garment. But your right, it could be possible that the OP only wants to know if all four tzitzit need to be seen by the person who wears them, although I would say they just need to be visible (possibly for anyone) in order to notice them at which point it helps to remind us of the mitzvot.. – Levi Apr 15 '18 at 4:56
  • @DanF the answer may be found in Bamidbar 15:39 HaShem commands us to look upon them, which requires an action from our side. So even if they are in the back we can take them in our hands in order to look upon them. – Levi Apr 15 '18 at 5:04
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    @DanF Most of the times a more general emphasize is put upon a command by using the term 'lecha' but in Bamidbar 15:38-39, the “you (lachem)" that is commanded is plural. Likewise the “you” in “that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments” is not singular, it is plural. That could mean that the tzitzit are primarily not only for the wearer, but also for others who will see them. – Levi Apr 15 '18 at 6:53
  • @DanF should I put this into a answer? – Levi Apr 15 '18 at 6:54

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