Oh the things they say

Prince ChatterBox (7) came home with a new idea today. Well, I had never heard of it before. He says that when Jewish men go the Jewish cemetery for a burial or to pay respects, they have to tuck their tzitzit into their trousers because otherwise the dead man / men will be jealous that the living can have the mitzvah of tzitzit and they can’t, because they are dead.

Thoughts?

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13 responses to “Oh the things they say

  1. Any chance he learned this in school?

  2. Umm. They’re dead. Why would the neshama’s of the departed be more jealous of the living at a cemetery than any other place?

  3. Yup I’ve heard of that one, it’s a minhug, and makes perfect sense..

  4. i just asked my 9th grade son & he said that it’s true b/c it’s an outwardly displayed mitzvah d’oraysa & therefore it is customary to tuck the tzitzis in out of respect for the deceased who are unable to perform mitzvos anymore…

  5. Yes, I too, have heard this one…

  6. I heard that women shouldn’t wear a sheitel to a funeral, even women who wear sheitels everyday – they should wear a less fancy and attractive head covering for the same reason.

    • tesyaa, i’ve never heard that but i guess it makes sense not to dress up ultra fancy for such a solemn occasion…

  7. Yes it says it in the mishna berurah. It makes sense because the dead see us getting schar for the mitzah and they see they cant get any now.

  8. Never heard of it, but makes sense to me, too.

  9. This is a plain Gemara (Brachos 18) and is a clear Halacha. Based on a verse in Mishlei 17:5, not to humiliate the poor (a dead man can’t do mitzvos and by showing tzitzis or tefilin in a Cemetery you are kind of bragging in front of the dead “look see I am alive” not like you.)

    It kind of goes together with the reason we cover the Chalos when we make kidush on Shabbes; not to ’embarrass’ the Challos. Its not that the Chalos have feelings, it is rather to inculcate a sense of caring for the feelings of others, by acting in sensitive way when we do mitzvos, thus changing the way you act with ‘real’ people.

    Check this
    http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%91%D7%99%D7%90%D7%95%D7%A8:%D7%9C%D7%A2%D7%92_%D7%9C%D7%A8%D7%A9

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