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This was birkat kohanim, the priestly blessing, which (in the diaspora, at least for Ashkenazim) is done only on the high holy days and festivals. In Israel it is done at each morning service (where a minyan is present). This is a reflection of a temple practice. I have been taught that one reason our kohanim take their shoes off is because they did in ...


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They are still woolen. Since tallitot and tzitziot are under strict supervision, they are (wrongly?) assumed to be safe. Source: My uncle, a Toldos Aharon chassid.


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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 ...


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I always found army surplus bags perfect for everything. Hundreds of different sizes and shapes, materials, and usually any color you want as long as it's green. EBay and other places. Isaac suggested some recommendations: I find the Swiss Army bread bags nice. You've seen them. They fold like, interestingly enough, a clam. One side is leather and in some ...


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Nitei Gavriel Hilchos Yom Hakipurim page 181 note 24 in the name of Siach Yitzchak that we wear a Talis at Kol Nidrei based on the Yerushalmi Chagiga 1:5 that says that one needs to wear a Talis at the time of Hataras Nedarim. He goes on to say that one should only make a Bracha on the Talis up to the time he would normally Daven Mincha.


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The source of the attara is found most easily in the Mishna Berurah siman 8 siff 4. It is based on chazzal who tell us the krashim (beams) in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) had signs written on them, so that the ones that merited to be on the north side would always be on the north side. So too the sides of the talis -- the side that is in front should always be ...


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Going on ten years and I'm proud to say I'm a recovering twister. There is one thing that I find helps. Putting on the tephilin slowly and carefully. It seems this would usually happen when I was late and in a rush, and like you say by the time I looked down to see what was going on, it was too late. Going slow has worked for me.


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This is an attempt to mitigate the issue of giving undue importance to the part of the cloth that covers the head. There is an old argument if one needs to be careful to always have the taalis on the same direction. Origionaly, a cloth was sewn on the inside to mark which way is up. Eventually it made it's way to the outside, even becoming silver. This ...


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See Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 8, with Mishnah Berura. Here are some excerpts from that siman that should help with your question. The translations here are my own. 2: סדר עטיפתו, כדרך בני אדם שמתכסים בכסותם ועוסקים במלאכתם, פעמים בכיסוי הראש פעמים בגילוי הראש. ונכון שיכסה ראשו בטלית The עטיפה (wrapping, which is part of putting it on) should be ...


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Tallis -- this is easy. The halachic default is that everyone 13 and up should be wearing a Tallis; Ashkenazi never-married-men happen to have a custom otherwise. (Rabbi Meiselman, for instance, feels this whole custom is in error and his unmarried sons wear tallisos.) In absence of such a custom, we default to the standard -- wear a Tallis. Hair covering ...


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I hold both my hands far from my body when winding the shel-yad strap, and make sure the nondominant-hand side of my talis lies on my chest and the top of my shoulder, not on my arm. Then the two don't mingle.


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Summarizing from p. 349 of this book: The custom originated from Rav Meir of Rothenberg who stated that on the night of Yom Kippur we recite the 13 "middot" - Attrubutes of Mercy, multiple times during our tefillah (after the Amidah). There is a midrash (mentioned in Talmud Rosh Hashannah 17b) that G-d wrapped himself in a tallit, similar to a Chazzan when ...


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This image from Breuer's shows the old German minhag, effectively, all of the tzitzit are in front.


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Great trick for keeping zizit from tangling. My wife takes my cotton begged zizit and washes with other clothes, buy she has a great trick for making sure the actual zizit strings don't get tangled. She takes the four zizit and puts them inside a sock, then makes a knot of the sock, with the zizit inside and tosses it in the washing machine with ...


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The stripes of color are a rememberance for the lost blue techeles string. I heard on a tape from R' Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik that the differences in black/blue really come from a machlokes Rambam and Rashi. The Gemara in Menachos says that Techeilis is " Techeiles Domeh Le'Yam, V'hayam Dome Le'Rakiya" that the blue techeiles string is the color of the sky. ...


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If the Talis would be a very thick material which does not flop over when held up, it would be Ohel. This is the way the Taz (and similarly the Magen Avraham) explain the opinion of the rishonim brought in siman 301 siff 40. They are subsequently brought in later achronim like Mishna Berurah 151. The Taz 27 specifically mentions Atifa, and the Magen ...


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I just bought this in Israel (it helps to keep the tzitzis from being tangled, similar to the sock method mentioned in one of the answers, but this allows the water to reach the strings so that they get cleaned well too):


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The Rambam does not mention how to wear a Tallith; and refers to wearing it as עטוף - but I cannot find where he defines that concept. Those communities - like the Teimanim - may be relying on the Rambam without subsequent Poskim/Meforshim. The Tur and Bet Yosef define עטוף as covering your head, face and body - which is why we wrap our heads in the Tallit ...


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Tashbetz is a very specific model. It's Mishkan Hatchelet's most slip-resistant design. More broadly, the vast majority of traditional black-striped talleisim (Prima A.A., Chatanim, Hamefoar) do indeed have five stripes. Usually the three-striped variety is simply because it's a smaller size in the width, i.e. across the shoulders, from one fringed side to ...


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Minhagim, are not halachos, but there are as strict and well guarded as halachos and laws. It's been the minhag for ages for women not to wear tzitzis or talisim, so I and many others cling to the idea that women should not wear talisim. It is not discriminating women. Women have a more special connection with Hashem, and so by wearing tzitzis a women is ...


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The wearing of a tallith messuyesseth during tefillah is very important. However, it does not prevent one from praying should the time for prayer arrive and he find himself without a tallith - whether gadhol or qatan. The Rambam in the Mishneh Thorah (Hilkhoth Tefillah 4:1ff) lists five things which prevent one from praying, even if the time for prayer has ...


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The בית יוסף in או"ח סימן ח quotes not only the בעל העיטור. He also quotes the רוקח who brings a Medrash on the Pasuk in אז ישיר that states והמים להם חומה the water behind them was warned not to harm them as they would be wearing 2 ציצית behind them as well as the knot of their תפילין. The בית יוסף also bring the הגהות מיימון at the end of the Rambam's ...


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A chazzan does not wear the talis to be yotzeh the mitzvah of tzitzis. He only wears it to have an atiffa, for kavod hatzibur. This is the same reason he doesn't make a bracha on it when he puts it on.


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The essential parts of a Kosher Tallith: It has exactly 4 corners; classically square angles. A Tallith need not be square; it's usually rectangular, so as to reach from the head to the thigh, and to be wrappable around the body comfortably. Each corner has a hole to put the 4 Tzitzit through. This hole is typically reinforced so it doesn't tear from ...


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I never encountered this problem, and, no, I am not exaggerating, either. Perhaps, it may be that my daily tallit is relatively short (yes, it is the minimal required length, and, it is not a "shawl", if you're curious). But, from your description, I can envision the problem. One suggestion - Most people fold part of the tallit over their shoulders so, at ...


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As a disclaimer, I still have this problem, and I got much consolation from seeing it once happen to R' Tzvi Berkowitz, who has been putting on a tallis and tefillin for around 4 decades. What has mitigated the issue for me, is to put my shel yad strap draped over the chair in front of me as I wrap it, so that it doesn't droop near my tallis strings. Then ...


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see here from Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weisz Question: Must a Talit have an Atara? Answer: No - in the sense that you mean an Atara of silver etc. - usually there is a cloth on the Talit to indicate which side should be used for covering the head.


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See the Aruch Hashulchan, who says this was started as a way to beautify the mitzvah of tzizis ie. ze keili v'anveyhu. He does take issue with this practice though, as the ikkar mitzvah (main part of the Mitzva) is on the middle part of the tallis, not the head, as the mitzvah is levisha (wearing) and not the head wrapping ie, ittuf. Thus, some wanting ...


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The meditation said before putting on the Tallit godol says, ועל ידי מצות ציצית, תנצל נפשי רוחי ונשמתי ותפלתי מן החיצונים and through the mitzva of tzitzis may my soul, spirit and prayer be protected from (harmful) external influences So it seems that the tallit somehow protects the thoughts of the person praying. O Ch 24 (1) says that ...



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