Rabbi Chanina would don his talis gadol on erev Shabbos (Mas. Shabbos 25b, Rambam Hilchos Shabbos 30:2). While this has been practiced by individuals, is it today the practice of any particular segments of Jewry to wear their taleisim for Friday night prayers (and, perhaps, meals)?

  • I saw this once in the shul in Yitzhar.
    – Double AA
    Feb 10, 2013 at 4:21
  • I recall hearing Karlin-Stolin wears a talis for Friday night prayers.
    – msh210
    Feb 10, 2013 at 4:24
  • @DoubleAA Did the shul in Yitzhar follow a particular minhag in this effect? Was it Rav Shapira's shul?
    – yoel
    Feb 10, 2013 at 4:25
  • @yoel I was only there once so I can't say very much specific, except that it wasn't everyone in the shul doing it. Probably about 60% or so.
    – Double AA
    Feb 10, 2013 at 4:26

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The custom of the Teimanin (Yemenites) is to wear a tallis for Friday night prayers. (And I was told by my Teimani neighbor that also when they visit a friend on Shabbos they wear a tallis). But despite this being an old, established custom, many Teimanim who came to Eretz Yisrael have abandoned it, apparently so as not to be different from other Jewish groups.

See here.

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