What is Tzitzit
The tallit’s fringes are called tzitzit. The commandment to put tzitzit on the corners of one’s garments is referred to more generally in Deuteronomy and more specifically in the book of Numbers, with the added commandment to include a blue thread among the threads of each fringe. The major goal of tzitzit is to serve as a reminder God’s taking the Jewish people out of Egypt. Each fringe is tied from four strings passed through a hole in the corner of the garment....Read More
What is Tallit
“What are those strings hanging out of your pants?” May seem an awkward, and perhaps inappropriate, question to be asked, though for more than a few religious Jewish men it has become as common as being asked what the little hat they wear is. Those strings are the fringes of a garment called a tallit. The tallit is the response to the bible’s commandment to tie fringes to the corners of one’s garments (Numbers 15:38, Deuteronomy 22:12). The Tallit comes in two forms. One, the tallit...Read More
A Tallit (Hebrew: טַלִּית) is a Jewish prayer shawl.
Torah requires Jews to wear a garment of some type to cover themselves, while praying, and such garment must have fringes (tzitzit) attached to its 4 corners. The covering of oneself in the Tallit, during the prayer, is seen as a symbolic covering of oneself with the presence of God and separation from the natural world around. The custom of wearing Tallit dates back to 1800 BC, although the form of the tallit has changed throughout time and the form known to us today was adopted around...Read More