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Holding tzitzit during Shema


Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Kislev 29, 5771
I have seen different people grasping the four tzitziot in different ways during Shema. The main difference is which fingers on the left hand grasp the tzitzit and which fingers they are wrapped around. What is the "proper" way to hold the tzitzit during shema?
6th Candle- Eve of Rosh Chodesh Tevet The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 24:2) states that during the Shema the Tzitzit should be held in the left hand by the heart. The Mishna B'rura there elaborates that according to the Ari z"l the Tzitzit should be held between the zeret (pinky) and the Kemitza (ring finger) of the left hand. When you reach the portion dealing with the Tzitzit, the tzitzit should be taken in the right hand as well and should remain there until you reach the words "Ne'amanim venechmadimץ"
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