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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 '13 at 4:21
  • I recall hearing Karlin-Stolin wears a talis for Friday night prayers. – msh210 Feb 10 '13 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 '13 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 '13 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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