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Talis in the night

Question:

Shalom, is there a halakha prohibiting the use of talis gadol in Mariv/Arvit prayer?

 

Answer:

The tallis is part of the mitzva of tzitzis, and it does not apply at night, rather only during the day. Therefore there is no need to wear a tallis during the maariv prayer. There are however congregations that the chazzan does wear a tallis for maariv. Not because it is an obligation, rather for “kavod hatzibbur”- for the respect of the congregation. Since he is leading the congregation it is a show of respect for what he is doing.

Best wishes

 

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