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    nfgo3
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    Why do Chasidim button their double-breasted Shabbos coats right-over-left, which is the way most women’s coats and blouses are buttoned? Did it start with, maybe, a left-handed rebbe?

    #959871

    No, it has to do with the idea that the right side which represents chesed should always be on top of the left side that represents din. There are shirts that button the same way as well. I’m pretty sure Litvish frocks do too.

    #959872

    nfgo3
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    Thanks, DHM. Your answer rings an old, familiar bell.

    #959873

    apushatayid
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    Interesting. I always wondered why ladies adopted the practice of buttoning their jackets the way chassidim do.

    #959874

    Torah613Torah
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    That’s really interesting. Thanks DHM.

    #1807433

    MDG
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    Chassidim do what the Shulchan Aruch says.

    Modern clothing is based on being right handed. It’s easier to button for men with left over right. For women, it was assumed the some one else, still a righty, would button them up.

    #1807428

    RebbeDebbie
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    apushatayid, it actually the reverse. The reason the buttons are on the left and not the right side is because non-Jewish royalty practices. The men dressed themselves, and the women had other women dress them. So the one doing the dressing would always have the buttons in their right hand and space for the button in their left hand. That’s why non-Jews, and secular Jews, find the button on hassidic men’s clothing puzzling.

    #1807637

    Yabia Omer
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    Who really cares? This is important?

    #1808012

    iacisrmma
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    YA: The same can be said about threads you have started.

    #1808539

    Lubavitcher
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    Because it’s the Chessed over Gvurah

    #1809769

    Joeshmo
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    No. They just do everything opposite of the goyim.

    #1809778

    lakewhut
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    Lubavitch. What does that mean? I hear chabad people use that to explain every custom that they practice.

    #1810266

    Lubavitcher
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    @lakewhut

    In yiddishkeit the right side is Chessed and the right side is the stronger side and The weaker side the left side is Gvurah

    #1810311

    Reb Eliezer
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    We want to place rachamim over din. We want rachamim to ‘trump’ din.

    #1811535

    knaidlach
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    Reb Eliezer 🙂

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