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Section: Why?   Category: Moadim
TAGS:Kittel  Leil HaSeder  Pesach
10 Reasons Why Men Wear A Kittel At The Seder
At the night of Pesach at the Seder men wear a white kittel.  The kittel is also worn on Yom Kippur and as shrouds for a Niftar.  Why do we wear it at the seder during this time of special joy?  The Otzar Divrei HaMeforshim brings 26 sources explaining why.  Below you will find the 10 that we thought you would find the most interesting.

1.  It is the garment of dead people.  We wear it to avoid getting too haughty over the joy of Pesach.  (Taz/Mogen Avrohom)

2.  Bnei Yisroel was redeemed from Mitzrayim because they did not change their traditional dress.  A Kittel is not a garment of a non-Jew. (Rav Pinchos of Koritz)

3.  It is what they wore when they ate the Korban Pesach in Yerushalayim. (Netziv)

4.  It is written in the Seforim HaKedoshim that whoever is careful from a drop of Chametz will not do an aveira the whole year.  Therefore on Pesach we wear a Kittel to show we are ready for the Yom Hadin of Yom Kippur.

5.  There is a mesora that Techias HaMeisim will be on Pesach.  Therefore we dress in a Kittel. (Vayaged Avrohom)

6.  The Yalkut Reuveini brings that when you wear white linen only with nothing else mixed in, even your prosecutors will become your defendants.  This is why we are buried in a Kittel and also why a Kohen Gadol wears white linen into the Kodesh HaKedoshim.  Paroh knew this secret and therefore wore only white linen.  So did Yosef.  On Leil Seder we do so as well to remember Paroh and Yosef and to protect ourselves.

7.  The Ba'al HaTurim says that Adam's clothing were white like the Bigdei Kehuna.  These were the Bigdei Chamudos that Eisav took from Nimrod and Yaakov wore when receiving his bracha from Yitzchok which was Leil HaSeder.  We commemorate Yaakov's receiving the brachos by wearing a kittel.

8.  White is the epitome of nothingness (Ayin) as opposed to red or black (Yesh).  Chametz with its spices and salt is Yesh.  While Matza is Ayin.  (Nesivos Sholom of Slonim)

9.  White is the color of the Bigdei Kehuna.  On Leil HaSeder we are elevated to the status of a Kohen (Rav Yehonoson Shteiff)

10.  Shibud Mitzrayim came about because of the jealousy of Yosef's colorful Kesones Pasim.  White garments evoke no jealousy which is why they were worn by all the girls on Tu B'Av.  On the night of Yetzias Mitzrayim we rectify this mistake and wear white. (Mah Yakar)

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