A Tallit or Tallis is a four cornered garment worn during prayer. Its purpose? A daily reminder; remember our commandments, do them, and be holy. Find the verse in Numbers 15:37-39.
Interestingly enough, its not the prayer shawl we are commanded in. The real superstar….. the tzitzit (fringes).
The tzitzit are tied in a special numerical pattern representing several meaningful tenets of Judaism, on each of the four corners of the prayer shawl. If you have some spare-time, we highly recommend reading up on the wisdom of tzitzit and the mitzvah of tying them. For a more hands-on experience, we have a workshop that will teach you the meaning of this time-old practice, how it is done, and allow you to become a part of tying your own tzitzit!
Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, drumroll, please! Introducing the Tallit! Here’s the basic anatomy of a tallit.
1. tallit or tzitzit gadol
2. atara “neckband”
3. “corners” Kanfot
4. tzitzit “fringes”
Tallits are worn during weekday morning services, Shabbat, and holidays. They can be found in a range of sizes, materials, and colors. However, like most things in Judaism, there is a wide range of customs held between familial and communal traditions. Whether you’re looking to connect to your roots, or plant some new ones, we have everything you need to create your own tallit, which will add beauty and meaning to your prayer experience.