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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 20:17:18 -0500 (EST) Subject: RE: Kittles for Men and Women Percy Mett in v30n1 asked for "clarification" on my view that since kittles a) remind ourselves of goals of spiritual purity b) remind ourselves of the day of death(and induce a sense of humility), consequently, since women need these reminders also they are allowed to wear kittles. Percy writes >>>>>>> This requires some clarification. On of the reasons given for a man wearing a kitl is that the kitl is one of the takhrikhin (burial shrouds) in which a man is dressed for burial. Thus wearing a kitl during one's lifetime serves as a reminder that man is mortal, which should lead to thoughts of teshuvo. I don't think that the takhrikhin of women include a kitl, so there is no point in a woman wearing a kitl during her lifetime either. >>>>>>>> I asked my Rabbi about burial customs. He pointed out that 1) Both men and women are buried in white tachrichin 2) Sometimes women's tachrichin are frillier 3) Since the man **may** chose to bury himself in the kittle he wore during his lifetime therefore we say "men are buried in kittles". But from the point of view of law there is no difference between men and women (they are both buried in white tachrichin). Thus my original point stands: Whether Kittles a)remind us of the color of purity (White) or b) remind us of the white tachrichin that both men and women are buried in (and hence induce a sense of humility)--either way since the goals of the kittle are needed by both men and women they both should be allowed to wear it to achieve these goals Russell Hendel; Phd ASA; RJHendel@Juno.Com; http://www.shamash.org/rashi