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    Why does Chabad have the minhag to spit during Aleinu


    Oh boy, here we go again… Isn’t it because the Rebbe walks down the middle?


    See Hayom Yom for Tes Teves.


    Chabad is the only minyan near my office
    I’ve been davening mincha there for years
    And I’ve never seen anyone do that

    Reb Eliezer

    This was in the old time when there was no floor in shul just ground. They said the inclusion שהם משתחוים להבל וריק ואל אל לא יושיע. Be careful not to be ovar on lo tshaktzu, if people see you.

    Neville ChaimBerlin

    Wow, a thread about Chabad Minhagim? This never happens.

    They do indeed have a minhag to spit when they mention idolaters in the aleinu. Mentsch, if the only minyan near where you work is Chabad I’m going to assume it’s not a frum area/real community. If you go to a real Chabad community, you will see this.

    I’m not sure why old shuls having dirt floors would matter. The issur of spitting in a shul goes back farther than Chabad has existed, I believe. But, then again, I would say that about zman hatefillah also, so what do I know?

    Yechi Hamelech

    Chabad houses do not spit during aleinu because we dont want to disgust the non – frum congregants and maybe be merachek them from tefillah. otherwise all chabad communities spit during aleinu to show our contempt for the nations that pray and bow to non-existent deities.


    This is not a Chabad minhag, it’s a general Ashkenazi Jewish minhag, which only Chabad and maybe a few other groups have kept. It’s an explicit Taz that this is the minhag, and the Taz was long before there were Chabadskers or any other Chassidim. If Neville Chamberlin thinks there’s an issur to spit in a shul, let him explain the Taz. In the Beis Hamikdosh there is such an issur, but not in a shul.

    If in a Chabad House you didn’t notice people spitting, look more closely. You will notice the actual Chabadskers spitting, perhaps very discreetly. There’s no need to expel a large and visible glob of whatever, if you swallow before you start Oleinu there won’t be a lot to spit, and you can do it without disgusting people.

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