Why is it that most Ashkenazim that are not married do not put the Talis over their head?

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    HOw about why they dont wear a tallis at all? Commented Oct 3, 2010 at 5:09
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    That would be a seperate question. However even those that do wear a Talis prior to their wedding - or when a Bochur gets an Aliyah - they do not wear the Talis over their head. Why not? Commented Oct 3, 2010 at 14:52
  • related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7724/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 20:13

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The minhag is sourced to the Talmud (Kiddushin 29b) that only married men would put the talis over their heads.

א"ל מאי טעמא לא פריסת סודרא א"ל דלא נסיבנא

Rashi: דלא פריס סודר - כדרך הנשואין שהיו רגילין לכסות ראשן

  • Yekkes derive from the same source that only a talmid chacham should cover his head, and from what I have heard, only during Amidah. Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 5:10

so that woman who are looking to get married may see who is and is not married.

  • Koachyah, very funny!
    – d a
    Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 0:16
  • Nice bit of humor!
    – yydl
    Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 2:27

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