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What, if any, is the significance of all the fringes along the edges of the Tallit Gadol?


Image from: https://tallit-shop.com

(I completely understand the commandment concerning Tzitzit on the four corners of the Tallit Gadol.)

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    I have no sources, but the material is woven "horizontally," so it doesn't fray at the top (on the side of the atara) and the bottom, bot on the other two edges you need to do something. Since before the sewing machine it was easier to knot the yarn (and it looks cooler), I suppose they chose this solution. – Kazi bácsi Jul 11 '18 at 10:27
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    @Kazibácsi that makes good sense. My WOOL adult Tallit Gadol has exactly that. I just looked. BUT the much smaller Tallit Gadol that I received for my Bar Mitzvah is of a very silky, satany material and is lock-stitched around the edges. The fringes have been braided is as a sort of decoration. – Yerucham David ben Mordecai Jul 11 '18 at 10:40
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    I assume that is of some artificial yarn and satin weaving is not fraying that much (and machine sewed finishing seams are easier/quicker/cheaper to be done). – Kazi bácsi Jul 11 '18 at 10:47
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    Weighing in on the dupe suggestion. Unfortunately that question isn't as clear as this one. The upvoted answer there kind of proves it. – user6591 Jul 11 '18 at 13:03
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    In all likelihood there is nothing religious about them. Search the internet for Turkish Shawl Fringes. In ancient times cleaning clothes, which included beating them while wet, caused the threads to separate. Edges of the strings that made up the material were left hanging so that one could pull those fringes thereby tightening the material. Sometimes those fringes were knotted so they themselves didn't do more harm than good aa far as keeping the material together. – user6591 Jul 11 '18 at 13:10

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