What is a Tallit
and what is the meaning of it?
The Tallit is one of the “Taryag
mitzvot” – the 613 mitzvahs of the Jewish religion.
mitzvah of tzitzit is from the Torah: “and they make them tzitzit on the corners of
their cloths for all generations… and you had a tzitzit and
you saw it and you remembered it and all the words and
commandments of your G-d…”
The importance of
the Tallit is that it is the only mitzvah that its purpose is
to remind us not to forget the rest of the torah
The Talis can be made out of natural materials
such as wool, cotton and silk or out of synthetic materials
such as Acryline, Rayon, Dacron and more.
The strings of
the Tallit should be made only out of pure wool, and should be
tied to the Tallis in a unique way.
The first time the
Jews use a Tallit is at their Bar-mitzvah at the age of 13
when the boy becomes a man and starts to take responsibility
for his actions and deeds.
There are two ways to use a
Tallit. The first is in the traditional way, by folding the
edges over the shoulders having the Tallis cover the back. The
second option is to use it as a prayer shawl, hence using it
as a neck piece. The prayer shawl is very common for the
Bat-Mitzvah girl and for women in general.
of tzizit is also fulfilled by wearing a tassel in the every
The Tallit is also used as a Chupah (the cover
during the service of a Jewish wedding) usually the prayer
shawl used is the Chupa size (the largest
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