I recently heard and was extremely moved by the idea that the kitlen worn on Pesach, Yom Kippur, and under the chuppah are intended to resemble tachrichim – and are, in some cases, the actual garments in which the man will be buried.

It makes some basic and deep sense to me that one wears one's soon-to-be burial garments for such shattering times as Yom Kippur and the chuppah – one's personal Yom Kippur, and the moment at which one's life doubles in meaning. Nothing, it seems, could make the call to seriousness of these occasions more real, and more desperately urgent.*

I was wondering which communities used or still use the actual contemplated burial garment as beged for the chuppah, etc.

We should live to see the days of Moshiach.

(As for Pesach, @SimchasTorah pointed me to this prepossessingly charming and nimble exploration – possibly from our own @EliezerEisenberg – of the kitl's dual symbolism and its expression in minhag. Still, I can't say I fully see why Pesach rises to the level of the others. Any comments would be welcome.)

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    See this shiur starting about 36 minutes in for a dicussion of the symbolism of the kittel on Pesach.
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 22:42
  • Most Ashkenazim (and Chassidim) still donn the kittel by the chupah.
    – Oliver
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 4:14
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    I don't get precisely the question. If it matters at my wedding I was in kittel and I wear it on Pesach and Yom Kippur since then. Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 7:51
  • I think @SAH is aking: Since burial shrouds don't have any frills, buttons, ties, etc., so the silk and ornamental kittels used for joyous occasions can't be used for burial. As opposed to the Yekkes who wear a Sargenes (sp?) on RH and YK - looks like a kittel but is put on over the head, no buttons, no frills and could potentially be used for burial. Maybe. See judaism.stackexchange.com/a/76987/501 Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 12:18
  • @DannySchoemann Pretty close to what I was asking. I added a word to my question for clarity.
    – SAH
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 12:29


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