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It is forbidden to benefit from used burial shrouds (אסור בהנאה). Shulchan Arukh YD 349:1


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R' Herschel Schachter discusses this in his Haggadah*: *R' Schachter's Haggadah is compiled by Reb Allan Weissman


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Based on my knowledge - having grown up in the Yekkish Kehilla of Johannesburg and Strasbourg: Yekkes do not wear a Kittel/Sargenes during their first year of marriage. Some Yekkes do not wear a Kittel/Sargenes on Rosh Hashono at all, others wear it during the day-time services. On Yom Kippour all Yekkes seem to wear their Kittel/Sargenes ; after their ...


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A friend of mine was told by his rebbe at Chofetz Chaim yeshiva in Queens that it's a personal Yom Kippur -- hence, wear the kittel, but not out in the open.


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The Lev Ita and Yismach Lev brings down the one should wear something ontop of kittel. see it here http://thehalacha.com/wp-content/uploads/Vol4Issue12.pdf


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I always bring my kittel to the dry cleaner. It always comes back nice and clean (and freshly ironed).


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The Gr'a was apparently bothered by this as well. See his glosses on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah siman 352 siff two. I'll try my best to translate and fill in the blanks. The Mechaber mentions the minhag is to be buried in white. The Gr'a says even though R' Yanai said not to, in the Yerushalmi (Klayim 9:3 and Kesuvos 12:3) we find Rebi Yashia commanding to ...


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Kittel is German and means "smock, overall". The ultimate etymology of the German word is debated. See this: http://www.dwds.de/?qu=kittel


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Charnobyl dynasty followers wears kitel on Rosh HaShanah, it is their minchag.


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See Mishnah Brurah Orach Chaim 510:13.: Rama states that it is customary to wear white clothes on Yom Kippur to imitate the ministering angels. The Mishnah Brurah commentary (#15) says that it is customary for women to wear white, as well.


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I assume you're referring to men. It's customary to wear a white Kittel all night and day on Yom Kippur - source Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 131 נוֹהֲגִין לִלְבּוֹשׁ אֶת הַקִּיטֶל, שֶׁהוּא בֶּגֶד מֵתִים, וְעַל יְדֵי זֶה לֵב הָאָדָם נִכְנָע וְנִשְׁבָּר. ‏ Some also do so on Rosh Hashana during the day. (And some wear it all day on Rosh Hashana too) On ...


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Rav Moshe ben Avrohom Mat (1551-1606) in his book "Mattei Moshe" (מטה משה ח"ג בהכנסת כלה אות ב) says, "And we wrap the groom in a white tallis in order to fulfill (Ecclesiastes 9:8) 'Let your clothes always be laundered/white [לבנים]', like the Kolbo wrote in Siman 75. And from this reason the groom is dressed in a kitel at the time of entering the canopy. ...


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This Kittel appears to be left over right.


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This question was asked at kayj.net. The answer was: The original sargenes is similar to the tachrichim, closed from the front and from behind, and is put on over the head


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I grew up in Alsace (France) which is geographically and culturally close to Germany. Definitely Yekke land. I only heard about Sargeness as a child. For what I can remember it is mostly the same: a while long fabric robe with a belt and long sleeves which is a reminder or the burial shrouds (or maybe the actual burial shrouds that will be used after 120 ...


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As a fluent Yiddish speaker, I feel obliged to answer this question. The meaning of the word "kittel" (Yid: קיטל) is "little robe" in the German dialect of Yiddish. :) Hope this helps.


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From Webster's dictionary: Origin of KITTEL Yiddish kitel, from Middle High German kitel, kietel cotton or hempen outer garment, probably from Arabic qutn cotton I've never seen a hemp kittel. Isn't hemp the stuff they USED to wrap etrogim (or "esroygim" in yeshivish) hat "invented" the "foam"? I would imagine a hemp kittel would be somewhat messy ...


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This does not exactly answer the original question, but there is another relationship between Yom Kippur and the seder night of Pessach. A Korban Toda is never brought during the day before Yom Kippur. As well, a Korban Toda is also never offered on Erev Pessach. As for the matter of wearing a kittle during the Seder, it should be sufficient even if only ...


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