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Author:  Ari Zoom
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Date:  2/2/2004 2:03:00 PM
Subject:  Nusach Ari
Message:  the Ari says you should not wear a talit at night, meaning that in places that hold like the Ari, the maariv Shiliach zibbor doesn't wear a talit. Instead he wears a hat (so that his head's covered)

I don't hold like the Ari, and I never even heard of this minhag until recently. I also don't wear a hat for davening. If I am asked to daven maariv in a place like that should I:

1 - Say no
2 - Insist on covering my head with a talis, and not a hat
3 - Borrow someones hat

What happens if I am g-d forbid a chiyuv, and I'm in a place like that?

If you answer that I should follow the minhag of the place, I have a stack of other questions...
Reply:  You can wear a hat, if it looks half decent.
If you don't want to, then just don't go up.
There is no Chiyuv to pray as the Sheliach Tzibbur, even when one God Forbid loses a parent. It has been taken out of context to such an extreme....
Say Kaddish.

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