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Why is it that most Ashkenazim that are not married do not put the Talis over their head?

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HOw about why they dont wear a tallis at all? –  SimchasTorah Oct 3 '10 at 5:09
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That would be a seperate question. However even those that do wear a Talis prior to their wedding - or when a Bochur gets an Aliyah - they do not wear the Talis over their head. Why not? –  Gershon Gold Oct 3 '10 at 14:52
    
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7724/759 –  Double AA Feb 5 '12 at 20:13
    
This one was asked earlier. –  Gershon Gold Feb 5 '12 at 20:18

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The minhag is sourced to the Talmud (Kiddushin 29b) that only married men would put the talis over their heads.

א"ל מאי טעמא לא פריסת סודרא א"ל דלא נסיבנא

Rashi: דלא פריס סודר - כדרך הנשואין שהיו רגילין לכסות ראשן

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Yekkes derive from the same source that only a talmid chacham should cover his head, and from what I have heard, only during Amidah. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Feb 17 at 5:10

so that woman who are looking to get married may see who is and is not married.

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Koachyah, very funny! –  d a Oct 5 '10 at 0:16
    
Nice bit of humor! –  yydl Oct 5 '10 at 2:27

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