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I am a Noahide and I want to wear some kind of shawl during my personal prayers at home, understanding the importance and relevance of the tzitzit fringes to the Jewish people. I would not want to offend anyone or do the wrong thing by wearing them. I saw a nice shawl without the tzitzit fringes, so can I buy and use this one at home? (I don't want to be some kind of imposter and use it outside to possibly confuse someone if they saw the shawl.)

This would be the tallit I am interested in purchasing.

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Welcome to Mi Yodeya, user6784, and thanks for the interesting and sensitive question. I hope you stick around and enjoy the site. You may wish also to change your username (unless you're attached to the number 6784). – msh210 Jul 24 '14 at 15:40

The religious significance in wearing a prayer shawl lies specifically in the tzitzit fringes themselves. Technically any garment of four corners can be used as a prayer shawl, so long as it has the tzitziyot on them. As for a non-Jew wearing tzitzit, there is nothing offensive or wrong with your wearing tzitzit so long as you are aware that you do so on a voluntary basis and are not obligated to do so in any way. Rambam, Hilchot Melachim uMilchamot 10:11 states that a non-Jew is permitted to perform most mitzvos for the purpose of receiving reward.

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With the obvious caveat that without the Tzitzit it's not a Mitzva and hence no reward involved. – Danny Schoemann Jul 24 '14 at 8:18
@DannySchoemann I believe that that is the obvious conclusion from the first half of what I wrote... – Jewels Jul 24 '14 at 9:06
True. But people not skilled in the intricacies of Halacha, find nothing is obvious when reading technical terms. – Danny Schoemann Jul 24 '14 at 11:07
If he's keeping Shabbos, wearing tzitzis (with strings) in a reshus harabbim could be a good idea...... – Shokhet Jul 24 '14 at 16:20

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