Drop Of A Hat For Toldos Avraham Yitzhak: New Shtreimelach Only 5.11 Inches High

The new shorter shtreimelach being worn by some Toldos Avraham Yitzchak chassidim. (L.) The Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe wearing the "old-style" shtreimel. (R.)

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Many Toldos Avraham Yitzchak chassidim were seen in their shteibel in Mea Shearim over Chol Hamoed with a new short shtreimel, B’Chadrei Charedim reported.

The phenomenon began over two months ago when the Rebbe, who is apparently not pleased by the tall shtreimilach currently in style, asked his chassidim to purchase shtreimilach that are no taller than 5.11 inches high.

The shorter shtreimilach are more similar to what was worn in the past, which were shorter and wider than what is popular now.

Some of the chassidim are seen at a tisch wearing the shorter shtreimelach.

It remains to be seen whether the shorter shtreimilach will become widespread or remain limited to a small group within the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak chassidus. As of now, the Rebbe has only requested and not required the new shtreimilach – a fact that likely won’t change in the near future due to the steep cost of a new shtreimel.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. If this will lower the current $8K price tag of the higher models this is a good thing. Yidden shouldn’t be wasting large sums of money trying to keep up with their neighbor’s hats.

  2. Here is a phrase from this article you won’t read in fashionable publications: “the tall shtreimilach currently in style”. Who new streimels had style?

  3. Kol hakovod to the rebbe for his concerns for tikun olam. Shorter shtreimlach require less fur which means the shtreimel machers will have to kill fewer mink and fox. Hopefully, the next step will be for the rebbe to lead the way to faux fur shtreimlach.

  4. Who cares what size shtreimel this particular group of Chasidim choose to wear. Why is this even an issue? Can anyone explain what this has to do with Yidishkeit or Avodas Hashem? I mean really! the Rebbe is getting involved in the precise height of the shtreimel?!! What’s next? will he also tell his Chasidim how high exactly the hat should be or what type of design should be on the bekitshe? Is there a mesorah or minhag that the height of a shtreimel should not exceed 5.11??!! Does it make one more holy or chasidish if he wears a 5.11 inch shtreimel rather than a 6 inch? This is just so ridiculous. It would be funny if it weren’t sad.

  5. Just remember that most of the cost involved profit and overhead. You should not assume that using 20% less fur will lead to a 20% reduction in price.

  6. A lower profile of the Shtreimlach also provides a smaller profile when the security forces begin swinging during the hafganos at a cellular telephone store! Likewise, there is also the question of whether his chassdim will flood the shtreimlach market with their “old” taller hats driving down prices. Such incredibly impactful issues to be resolved

  7. Arizona: Should be at least 2 sizes larger than your normal hat to be sure there is room inside for the Big Lie plus a few conspiracy theories from the now defunct “Ninja Warriors’ of Arizona “Forensic Audit” fame asserting that George Soros and a few Martians (aka the real aliens) were able to remotely change all of the Trumpkopfs votes to Biden

  8. Gadolhadorah: So much for tolerance of divergent views our very remote cousins, the liberals. I hope you didn’t suffer a self induced stroke while writing your ever so kind and thoughtful comment.

  9. What does it matter so much if a chassidus makes certain kelalim to try and keep standards and possibly costs down? By the way it was a few chassidus who made this rule. Not only Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok. They have been making rules for generations – if you don’t like it, don’t join them. I was really impressed when a certain chassidus made rules about what color clothes the boys should wear on shabbos. I am wondering if they have more peer pressure than the regular klal. Or that they can be stronger and better than the rest of us and make sure to keep standards down. For chasunas and bar mitzvas some of them also have certain rules which keeps the costs and standards so much lower than they are getting in today’s day and age. Kol hakavod. Hopefully it will have a positive influence on all of us.

  10. @VelvelBenGenya
    No one pays that number unless they are millionaires so who cares?
    the newer taller shtreimels actually have less fur and are a lot lighter due to the way that they are built and spread out


  11. I’m quite sure the rebbe did not say “5.11 inches”. If he said 13 centimetres, why do you not simply report that? If there is anyone who doesn’t know what a cm is, you could put in parens that it’s a little over 5 inches. But don’t imply that the rebbe took out a calipers and gave such a weird number.