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T-Shirt Tzitzit
#Some Ashkenazim have the minhag to tuck their strings in and some leave them out. <ref>Mishna Brurah 8:26 was strongly against those who wear their Tzitzit in and says that by doing so you are disgracing mitzvot. He adds that if you received a gift from the king you would surely wear it outside to show it off to others. He also says that tucking them out fulfills the pasuk of "u'ritem oto". This is the psak of Shulchan Aruch Harav 8:18, and the Magen Avraham 8:13 based on the Tosafot [[Brachot]] 18a which allows for tucking them in on a dead person because they do no longer have to fulfill "u'ritem oto" if they cannot see. Magen Avraham says this implies that they should normally be out. He says to at least leave them tucked out for the time that it takes to walk four [[amot]]. Aruch HaShulchan OC 8:17, 23:2 mentions that in many communities in eastern Europe they would tuck the strings in and he says that this was an incorrect practice. In Nefesh HaRav page 105 Rabbi Herschel Schachter says that some have the minhag to tuck the strings into their pockets or wrap it around the belt and this was the minhag of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik. Tzitz Eliezer 8:3 says that whatever you do is fine. </ref> The Sephardi minhag is to wear them tucked in. <ref>Sh"t Yechave Daat 2:1, Sh"t Yaskil Avdi 5:3 and 8:2, Rabbi Shalom Messas in Shemesh U'Magen OC 2:74. Rav Ovadia in Yechave Daat 2:1 quotes opinions that if a Sephardi wears them out he is disrespecting the earlier Sephardi poskim. Rav Yaakov Hillel writes in Gevurat HaAri page 137 that the strings should be revealed based on the Arizal (Shaar Hakavanot 7c and Olat Tamid 39a). See Vayashov HaYam vol. 1 Siman 3 at length</ref> A Sephardic boy can wear his Tzitzit out if it will help him with his yirat shamayim or if he is in an Ashkenazi yeshiva and feels uncomfortable being the only one with his Tzitzit tucked in. <ref>Sh"t Otzrot Yosef 1:27, Sh"t Or Litzion 2:2:2, see [http://halachayomit.co.il/en/default.aspx?HalachaID=4667 Wearing One’s Tzitzit Out (HalachYomit.co.il)]</ref>
#At a cemetery one must tuck in one's strings. <ref>Shulchan Aruch 23:1, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 9, laws of Tzitzit in a cemetary, seif 1 </ref>
 
==T-Shirt Tzitzit==
#It is preferable not to wear the tzitzit on one’s body itself.<ref>Rivevot Efraim 4:15:1 writes that it is disgraceful tot he mitzvah of tzitzit to werit on one’sbody directly as an undershirt, rather one should wear on top of an undershirt. Sh"t Teshuvot Vehanhagot 1:25 says if you wear them specifically as an undershirt to stop the sweat from wetting your shirt then he is unsure if it would even be obligated in Tzitzit, so one should try to refrain from doing so. Piskei Teshuvot 8:22 fnt. 196 makes a similar point.</ref> Some poskim hold that the halacha is that it permitted to do so.<ref>Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Halichot Shlomo 3:11) holds that wearing tzitzit on one’s body isn’t disgraceful to the mitzvah. Also, Halacha Brurah 8:33 quotes his father, Rav Ovadia Yosef, as holding that there is no concern of wearing a tzitzit on one’s body and it isn’t considered disgraceful to the mitzvah. He explains that it isn’t an issue of being a undershirt since one put it on primarily for tzitzit and secondarily it also is an undershirt. [http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=19979&pgnum=47 Or Letzion 2:2:4] agrees. </ref>
# It is critical that the sides for the tzitzit be split majority of the way and not closed like a regular undershirt. Otherwise the garment isn't obligated in tzitzit. When determining the size of the hole the armhole is considered as though it was closed.<ref>[http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=19979&pgnum=47 Or Letzion 2:4:4]</ref>
==Symbolism of Tzitzit==