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Carrying is one of the many things Jews aren't meant to do on the Sabbath. That means keeping your keys in your pockets when you go out on the Day of Rest is a no-no.

To get around this, a rabbinical genius came up with the idea of "wearing" your keys - if the keys form an intrinsic part of the belt, without which the belt would fall apart, then it doesn't count as carrying.

In the olden days, your only option was an elastic Shabbos belt. But this has a several drawbacks: the belt quickly loses its elasticity; many people wear a real belt underneath it (meaning it's not being worn as a belt, and so you're technically still carrying your keys); and it looks cheap and tacky, in contrast to the fine clothes you're probably wearing to the synagogue. Now, you have a choice.