I am a Gentile. In my naïvete I bought a tallit katan a couple of years ago. I did not know the halakha regarding these things at the time. I very soon realised that I should not wear it, and it has been lying in a cupboard since then. I thought about it again today, and wondered whether I might be cursed on account of simply owning it. Is there any law against a Gentile owning a tallit, if he does not wear it / use it?

P.S. I kept it because I was, and still am, intending to convert.

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    I'm not aware of any issue with a gentile owning a tallit, or maybe even wearing it. No need to be nervous.
    – robev
    Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 19:24
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    I am not aware of any laws that forbid a gentile to own it (as there's nothing such among the 7 Noahide laws), but I know about one that forbids a Jew to sell it to gentiles. Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 19:24
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    I have never seen any prohibition of a Gentile owning an object used in performing a mitzvah, still less any curse assocaited with it. This question judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/43797/… deals with wearing it - see there. Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 19:25
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    It's a long, sometimes hard road to conversion, @Tom, why don't you hold on to the tallit katan to remind you where you're headed? Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 22:04
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    I am also not aware of any curse for owning things, or generally curses. This is not really a Jewish concept. Congrats on your efforts and may you success in your spiritual endeavors
    – mbloch
    Commented Jan 2, 2022 at 4:09


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