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TWENTY-EIGHT of SEVENTY: Hassidic Fashion - Bnei Brak

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TWENTY-EIGHT of SEVENTY: Hassidic Fashion - Bnei Brak

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A bekishe, or beketshe or בעקעשע‎ (Yiddish), is a long coat, usually made of black silk or polyester worn by mainly Hassidic Jews.

The bekishe is worn mainly on Sabbath and Jewish Holidays, or at weddings and other such events. During the week, it is customary to wear a rekel, made of wool or polyester, looking like a regular double-breasted suit, only longer. Hassidic rabbis who wear a bekishe during the week will wear a more ornate version for Shabbos, often lined with velvet or some color other than or in addition to black.

There are two main types of Bekishe. The Glatt (plain, lit. smooth) Bekishe is solid colored, and is usually worn for Friday night and Saturday morning prayers. For Shabbat meals, the patterned Bekishe, also known as a Tish Bekishe (table Bekishe), is worn. Many Hassidic Rebbes, mainly of Hungarian lineage, wear it with various colors, usually either, blue, silver, often with black.

The Bekishe is black, but black comes in all sorts of black. 

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