A group of 15 yeshivos in Bnei Brak announced that students would be required to wear a kasket and not a hat as until now, quoting the expense to parents and the fragility of the hats.
By Anash.org reporter
In a revolutionary letter to parents, 15 yeshivos in Bnei Brak announced that going forward, all Bar Mitzvah boys must come wearing “kaskets” only, and not regular hats, Charedim10 reported.
In a letter to parents, the administrators wrote:
“The preservation of the accepted Jewish attire has been passed down from generation to generation, and a part of it was the custom to wear a small hat or kasket.
“For some reason, after World War II, the practice of wearing broad hats has become widespread and the number of kasket wearers has decreased. However, it is difficult for students in yeshivas to maintain expensive hats, and this burdens the parents,”
The administrators, from a variety of Chassidic communities, added: “The cost of the hats is very high. We have heard the distress of the parents who cannot afford the expensive expense when kaskets are much cheaper.”
The administrators of the Torah study schools state firmly: “Boys may come to the cheder only with a kasket on their heads, and keep their hats for Shabbos, Yom Tov and simchos.”
Charedim10 notes that it is common in some Chabad yeshivos for bochurim to wear kaskets, and that some great chassidim – notably Reb Mendel Futerfas and Reb Berkeh Chein – were instructed by the Rebbe to keep their kaskets.
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